Leeds Older People's Forum
Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) represents over 100 voluntary sector organisations working with older people across Leeds, including 37 Neighbourhood Network Schemes. The Forum aims to promote the well-being of all older people in the city of Leeds, and to give a more powerful voice to older people in shaping their city for the benefit of all its citizens. LOPF is working with Alzheimer's Society (Leeds) and Leeds City Council as a joint partner in leading the Leeds Dementia Action Alliance, and is employing a part-time worker until mid-2015 to manage the dementia-friendly campaign in Leeds, on behalf of the local alliance. For more information about the Leeds campaign, please contact Maggie@opforum.org.uk.
- 11 March 2014
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Membership Organisations, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Leeds 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?
LOPF is committed to the development of high quality dementia services as part of our wider work, supporting the infrastructure of Leeds’ organisations for older people in the dementia services they provide. By hosting the Leeds Dementia Action Alliance we are providing valuable opportunities for member organisations to take a leading role in the campaign, to encourage other organisations to join and to develop initiatives aimed at helping their neighbourhoods become more dementia-friendly.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
While local authorities are committed to supporting a healthy infrastructure of older people’s services in Leeds, including dementia services, pressure on budgets is creating challenges for all service providers. One of our main challenges is to help members plan for change so they can adapt well and secure good services for the future. There is great interest in the Leeds DAA and we hope all our members will join the alliance.
Building a strong infrastructure of older people’s services including dementia services in Leeds
We are seeking innovative ways to develop sources of funding and are working with local authorities and members to ensure that high quality services for older people are maintained, developed and secured for the future.
- Planning, Delivery
Supporting our members to join the Leeds Dementia Action Alliance and develop dementia-friendly programmes of activity in their neighbourhoods
We will support the development of the alliance by encouraging our members/trustees to join and lead the campaign, and we will promote the alliance in our publications, website and in meetings. Together with Leeds DAA we will help members identify achievable ways to support the campaign and promote the good work they are doing.
- Planning, Delivery
Involving people with dementia and their carers
Through our membership, we will help the Leeds DAA ensure that people with dementia and their carers are meaningfully involved in leading this campaign.
- Planning, Case study
Direct support for the Leeds DAA
We will support the Leeds DAA directly, by providing staff support and involvement in the management of the campaign eg. through steering group membership and supporting the Leeds DAA staff member based in our office.