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Safe Places @ Mencap in Kirklees

Safe Places is part of Mencap in Kirklees. Mencap in Kirklees is the voice of learning disabled people and provide a range of services within the local community. Safe Places aims to promote independent travel for people with learning disabilities by providing venues in busy public places that can assist people in a time of need. The Safe Place scheme raises awareness within the wider public about the issues and barriers people with learning disabilities face on a daily basis. We also promote keeping safe and whilst out and about by delivering awareness sessions to our members.

9 July 2014
Yorkshire and Humber
Voluntary Sector
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?

The Safe Places scheme is based on a simple concept, formalising support that already exists within local communities. The scheme has had a huge impact on our current members who feel more confident to travel independently and report feeling safer. The scheme also gives peace of mind to our member’s carers and loved ones.            

A number of reported uses of the scheme have included elderly people who have appeared confused/disorientated. The principle of scheme has been the same for these people even though the scheme has been aimed at people with learning disabilities.

The scheme could have a wider reach and be further developed to include individuals living with dementia. The awareness training we deliver to venues would need updating along with the Safe Places literature to include information about dementia but in practice it wouldn’t be vastly different to the model of delivery we currently use.

In partnership with the Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance, we plan to further develop the scheme and extend Safe Places reach by identifying  additional appropriate Safe Places venues within Kirklees.

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

Mencap in Kirklees is a learning disabled charity and this is its area of expertise. The current Safe Places steering group is made up of representatives from learning disabled services so we would need to consult with and invite new key partners to join our Steering Groups. This would be from both a service user and professionals perspective.  This would ensure new member groups are consulted and have the opportunity to shape the service ensuring it is also dementia friendly. 

The existing 53 Safe places will need updating and training which will also take a lot of time and resource.

2. Actions

  • Adapt resource pack and training to include dementia

    The scheme co-ordinator will arrange to consult with members of the KDAA, service users and other key partners to ensure awareness sessions and packs provided to Safe Places include awareness and knowledge of dementia.

  • Increase membership of steering group

    In partnership with the KDAA we will invite new members to join Safe Places steering groups to reflect new user groups. This will include individuals living with dementia and also professionals who work within this field.

  • Re-launch scheme as dementia friendly

    Once the training, packs and literature has been updated, re-launch the scheme as dementia friendly and promote through appropriate channels. 

    Deliver basic dementia awareness to all Safe Places members.