The Side By Side Memory Project

Our aim is to establish local community support groups for people with mild to moderate dementia using local volunteers. We provide transport and a meal and a programme of activities aimed at improving cognitive, social and communication skills, having fun and being creative. We hope that this will reduce social isolation, improve wellbeing and enhance quality of life.

8 July 2014
Yorkshire and Humber
Voluntary Sector, Arts, Communication, Health, Hospitality, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Kirklees 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 can help to support people with dementia through our weekly groups where the core values are love and companionship, thereby giving people back a sense of worth and a meaningful life. Carers and relatives have a break one day a week and we can offer support to these people through effective listening.

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

This project is still in its early days! The greatest challenge is making the project widely known so that appropriate referrals can be made. Another challenge is accessing funding to cover the rental costs of venues, transport and other expenses, however we have submitted funding applications to a couple of organisations to try and assist us with this.

2. Actions

  • Raise awareness of the project through publicity

    We will place leaflets and posters in strategic places in the community, and liaise with local GPs, Locala, Gateway to Care, VAK, Making Space. We will put articles in the Huddersfield Examiner and other local newspapers and give talks to local community groups.

  • To develop and deliver a high standard of activity and programme through good practice

    We will recruit, train and support local volunteers. We will plan a programme of activities which meets the needs of the group members and is created with their views and wishes through being consulted.

  • To look to expand the project into several areas of Kirklees

    We will research the need for a group in other areas of Kirklees and respond to interest shown in different communities. A pilot group has been running in Kirkburton and is established and a further group has now been started in Kirkheaton. We will identify suitable venues, partners and potential clients and investigate further each area that is decided upon.