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New Earswick & District indoor Bowls Club

Indoor Bowls & Social club. 8 bowling rinks with other social activities including keep fit, line dancing, sequence dancing. Offer weekly bowls & boccia community sessions for disability groups and regular monthly and ad hoc sessions. In summer 4 of the bowling rinks are turned into a temporary sports floor o provide additional sports including new age kurling, table tennis, and badminton.

17 February 2017
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
York 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?

New Earswick & District Indoor Bowls Club has for a number of years recognised the onset of dementia in its members and has actively supported their continued enjoyment of the game and social inclusion with staff and members developing "personalised" solutions and support which vary from person to person.

For over four years we have been the host venue for the Alzheimer's Society Kirk Cafe (memory cafe) which sets up in the members lounge alongside all the other activities with clients regularly using our catering and restaurant facilities. 

In the last two years we have worked with the Alzheimer's Society to provide a regular monthly boccia sports session activity which runs alongside the regular bowls activities.

Through these activities and in discussion with other care provider partnerships we encourage carers/ family supporters to independently access our facilities through our normal membership channel  in a way that meets  their  needs.   

Through our experience the club was invited to contribute to the development of a Sports Coach UK "How to Deliver Engaging Sessions for Adults with Dementia"

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

Our main challenge has been to develop over a five year period, a club ethos in which all staff and members (approx 1000) adopt an understanding attitude to disability in all its forms and support the actions of the club to make it fully inclusive and we are very proud of the response and shared pride in what we have achieved..

Establishing communication channels at "the right level"  with organisations and individuals to share what we can offer. Over the years we have built up a network including City of Council, private and public sector care providers and voluntary organisations. 

Funding - we have just been notified that our bid to Sport England Inclusive Sport fund has been unsuccessful. This was key to us developing additional and more accessible support services across all forms of disability and social exclusion over the next 3 years - it just might take longer.  .

Member website


2. Actions

  • Formal Awareness Training for volunteers and staff

    A significant number of our staff and volunteers are actively engaged in delivering the Alzheimer's Society  activities and they are encouraged to attend the newly developed Sports Coach UK "How to Deliver Engaging Sessions for Adults with Dementia" sessions.

    We have volunteered to host an open session to which the general membership would be invited including those members caring for family or friends suffering from dementia.

  • Expand Activities

    To continue to support and further develop Alzheimer's Society led activities.

  • Staff Recruitment

    All new staff are made aware of the club's ethos and our expectations of them in dealing with a range of  disabilities including dementia prior to appointment. 

  • Comunication & Publicity

    Include a "dementia friendly" logo in all new publicity & brochures to emphasise our long term commitment and opportunities offered.