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Chapel Allerton Good Neighbours

Chapel Allerton Good Neighbours is a Neighbourhood Network within the Royal Voluntary Service. We help older people in Chapel Allerton to maintain their independence and stay involved in the local community. With the help of our volunteers we provide services such as singing for the brain group, tai chi, good neighbours meeting, outings, befriending, help with shopping, help with hospital appointments, knitting group, and many more. We also want to make Chapel Allerton a dementia friendly community. We deliver the dementia friends training to local shops and neighbours. We are encouraging local businesses to join this initiative.

5 August 2014
Yorkshire and Humber
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?

We want to make Chapel Allerton a dementia friendly community. We deliver the dementia friends training to local shops and neighbours.

We have 2 sessions per month that welcome anyone in the community and we also have ad hoc session for local businesses if they have at least 5 members of staff.

We are encouraging local businesses to join this initiative and put together an action plan to become dementia friendly.

Local Business supporters - Many thanks to Chirpy, the wonderful design shop and workshop space on Harrogate Road, and Lowes of Cakes who make fantastic celebration cakes for every occasion.

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

Some of the local businesses are not interested. We need to invest loads of time walking around the neighbourhood to get people involved, making appointments, delivering the training, etc.

2. Actions

  • Raise awareness of dementia to customers, people who use your service, or your community

    Deliver dementia friends training twice a month, open to anyone. Deliver dementia friends training to local shops and businesses in Chapel Allerton.

  • Media coverage

    Share on facebook and on the dementia friends website, every dementia friends session that we deliver. Add on DAA website every shop or business that joins the dementia friendly community. Share on facebook the work in progress.

  • Involve local shops and businesses

    Get local shops and businesses involved in making chapel Allerton a Dementia Friendly Community by helping them to put an action plan together and joining the Alliance under our umbrella.

  • Invovement with the Dementia Action Alliance

    Communication with Maggie at DAA and Alzheimer’s society, attend DDA quarterly meetings, etc to keep up to date with work in the Dementia in the area