WLCT Active Living

WLCT Active Living delivers physical activity, weight management and wellbeing programmes across the Wigan Borough. Our targeted programmes support people with health conditions, disabilities, mental illness, those at risk of falls and people living with dementia. Activities are free or low cost, and take place in leisure centres, greenspaces and community settings.

12 September 2014
North West
Health, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Wigan 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?

In May 2014 we launched a pilot physical activity programme "Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds". We support people to access our existing sessions e.g. walks, gardening, adapted cycling, strength and balance classes; provide 1 to 1 support e.g. swimming, the gym; running a dementia cafe once a month in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society with a focus on physical activity and arts/crafts/reminiscence activities; deliver programmes in residential settings and day services. Two members of the team have attended the Dementia Friends Champion Training. We will be rolling out the training to the wider team and volunteers. We also deliver the Moving More Often Training for anyone who cares, supports or works with older people. Included in this is practical workshops in games, dance moves and adapted Tai Chi. Settings that attend the course can then access our equipment loan scheme.

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

This is a pilot programme and already we are getting more requests from partner organisations than the capacity we have to fulfill them. This is something we would look to resolve in the future.

2. Actions

  • Training

    We will be rolling out the Dementia Friends awareness sessions to all our staff and volunteers. We will continue to deliver the Moving More Often Training for anyone who cares, supports or walks with older people on apaid or voluntary basis.

  • Evaluation

    We will provide an indepth evaluation of our pilot physical activity programme for people living with dementia and their carers.

  • Funding

    We will investigate funding opportunities to extend the programme beyond the pilot.