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Kirkgate Centre

The Kirkgate Centre is a community centre in the heart of Shipley. We are run by, and for our community, running a wide range of activities for many groups in our area, and providing a venue for many other local groups. Our aim is to help to make Shipley a great place to live in, providing accessible and affordable things to do to break isolation and encourage community engagement.

29 October 2014
Yorkshire and Humber
Voluntary Sector
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?

We are run by and for the community,  we have a duty to cater for the needs of all people within our community, this includes those with dementia and their carers.

We have educated our staff and volunteers about dementia, offer support groups for those living with dementia (carers and those with the condition).

We make sure our building is easily accessible and navigable for those with dementia and that we are sensitive to the needs of those who attend the centre.

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

  • Having the time to make the necessary changes and review documentation as well as implementing new training to staff and volunteers.
  • Our budget is limited

2. Actions

  • Environmental Changes

    Get appropriate signage - in and around the toilets, outside the meeting room and main hall, introducing people to the centre, as well as pointing to ‘The Hive’. Ensure the lighting in the reception is made brighter. Create a ‘quiet space’ for people with dementia.

  • Awareness Training

    Appropriate dementia awareness training for staff, volunteers and trustees to make them more dementia aware and savvy. Making this training a normal part of the training procedure for new members of staff/volunteers.

  • Aiding staff who get dementia/ are carers for someone who has it

    Review our contracts, policies and procedures for staff and volunteers and amend and update wherever necessary. Include information in the volunteer’s handbook as part of the induction process and support carers or those members of staff/volunteers who begin expressing memory difficulties in memory.