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Bolton Road Gurudwara

A Gurdwara is a place where Sikhs come together for congregational worship. Its primary purpose is to disseminate the eternal teachings of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the living Guru of the Sikhs. It is also a place to learn Sikh ethics, philosophy, theology, customs, traditions, languages and texts. Besides this it is a community centre, and offers food, shelter, and companionship to all those who need it irrespective of their race, caste, religion, creed or sexual orientation. The Ramgharia Gurudwara Sahib was first opened in April 1981 and since then has been serving the Sikh and larger local community.

12 March 2014
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

People with dementia face many challenges going about their daily lives.  These include going shopping, using public transport, socialising and getting involved with their community.   Organisations such as Gurudwaras have an important role to play in ensuring people living with dementia can continue to live their lives and be an active part of their communities for as long as possible.  The Gurudwara in addition to being a place of worship is also a community centre that is frequented by many people of various backgrounds.

We intend to examine current practises, attitudes and the environment at our local Gurudwara and assess how these can be made more ‘dementia friendly’.  We then intend to institute change and regularly reassess the effectiveness of our interventions with a view to constantly improving the environment, services and attitudes held by those attending and volunteering at the Gurudwara. 

2.  What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

  • Understanding/Awareness: Current relatively limited understanding of dementia.
  • Cultural Issues: High stigma attached to dementia illness within the South Asian community.

Language Barrier: Majority of the congregation and volunteers only speak Punjabi.  There is no equivalent for the word dementia in most South Asian languages.

2. Actions

  • Environment

    • Design signs to properly signpost directions to:
      • Darbar Sahib (main prayer hall) from Langar hall 1
      • Male and female toilets from Langat hall 1 and Darbar Sahib
      • Design a sign to highlight that the exit on the second floor leading up to Darbar Sahib is an emergency exit and not for general thoroughfare.

    Consider rearranging tables and chairs to allow a clear path from the entrance of the Gurudwara to the stairs leading up to Darbar Sahib.

    Delivery, Initial Scoping

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Sangat/Sevadaar Awareness

    Arrange workshops for nominated Sevadaars (volunteers) who are in charge of:

    • Langar (community kitchen)
    • Darbar sahib (main prayer hall)
    • Generic workshops/talks to the general Sangat (congregation) on topics such as:
      • Living with dementia

    Breaking the ‘dementia barrier’

    Planning, Initial Scoping

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Further Information/Resources for the congregation and those/family of those living with Dementia

    Develop an electronic online resource (dementiafriendlygurudwaras.com) to act as a focal point for the Dementia Friendly Gurudwaras Project.  Besides hosting our action plan the website will also contain specially designed and produced English and Punjabi media which will be accessible to all.

    Create a permanent stand at the Gurudwara to house information leaflets, adverts and details of support groups/activities both in English and Punjabi for people living with dementia and their carers.

    Delivery, Planning, Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Staff to receive Dementia Friends training

    Dementia Friends training to take place with co-ordinators and with PAs

    Being implemented
  • Staff to receive Dementia Friends training

    Dementia Friends training to take place with co-ordinators and with PAs

    Being implemented