Community Links (Northern)

Community Links is a regional provider of mental health services. The organisation exists to provide excellent client based mental health services that value diversity, instil hope and improve quality of life through recovery. Our services include residential and community-based services. We have a number of services in Kirklees: On-Trak and CLASS (our alcohol support services), Changes, which supports women with multiple and complex mental health needs, our Dual Diagnosis Service and CLEAR, our engagement and recovery service. Community Links has a successful training team who are a leading provider of mental health training throughout Yorkshire and Humber and offer a range of scheduled courses related to mental health, management and personal development, as well as bespoke training for organisations.

13 July 2016
Yorkshire and Humber
Care, Health
Local Alliances:
Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Leeds Dementia Action Alliance, York 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?

Community Links is committed to improving quality of life for individuals living with dementia, their family and carers through provision of client focused services, specialist services for those living with dementia, and through the delivery of targeted dementia awareness training. 

All of our services promote independence, individual choice and control, giving individuals access to information and resources that they need in order to make decisions about their care and to live as independently as possible.

Community Links have a number of services which work specifically with individuals with Dementia and their families, including our Self Directed Support (SDS) Service, Mental Health Support Service and CLEAR our community-based engagement and recovery service.

Our training team aim to increase awareness of dementia amongst our own employees and beyond by offering dementia awareness training to all staff and to other organisations.

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

In order to ensure our services are dementia friendly, we need to review current services, environments and communications to ensure that services are accessible to those with dementia. In addition we intend to increase skills of our employees in working with clients with dementia

Member website

2. Actions

  • Delivery of targeted Dementia Awareness Training

    Over the coming year, our training team will deliver a programme of Dementia Awareness Training to individuals and organisations in Kirklees in order to promote a better understanding of dementia, challenge stigma and to inform delegates of services available locally to support those living with dementia and their families in order to help create a dementia friendly community.

    We have secured funding to be able to offer this training at a subsidised rate, increasing accessibility. Sessions will be targeted at local services who may come into contact with individuals with dementia in their everyday work such as emergency services, transport services and leisure services in addition to local businesses and members of the public.


    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Awareness training has been delivered

  • Review our services and environments to ensure they are dementia friendly

    Over the coming year, we intend to use a framework to review all our work environments and services to ensure that they are dementia friendly.

    Initial Scoping
  • To review our service provision for individuals with dementia and their carers

    We intend to carry out a review of the services we currently provide to individuals with dementia and their carers, with the aim of improving current provision and identifying areas of expansion.

    Initial Scoping