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Meanwood Elderly Neighbourhood Action (MENA)

Meanwood Elderly Neighbourhood Action (MENA) is a Neighbourhood Network run by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS). We work to enable older people in the Meanwood area to retain their independence, involvement in the local community and social lives. Our longstanding and committed volunteers support us in providing a great range of services to our members including befriending, assistance with hospital appointments, day trips and a range of activities including knitting, tai chi and tea dance.

7 February 2017
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?

Our organisation works with approximately 200 older people in the Meanwood area, and this number is continually increasing. We would like to make the services we provide more welcoming and accessible to people living with dementia; a small number of people living with dementia already use our services but we feel that this can be improved.

We are encouraging all of our volunteers to undertake Dementia Friends training (our staff have already done so). We will develop our befriending service to support people with dementia to access our existing activities, and will aim to start a ‘Singing for the Brain’ group after the successes of our sister service, Chapel Allerton Good Neighbours.

We will encourage local businesses and organisations to become dementia friendly, and will offer training sessions at regular intervals. We will support interested local businesses and organisations with putting together dementia friendly action plans.

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

It may be difficult to engage some of the local businesses. This will require a lot of time to be invested in raising awareness in the local area, liaising with businesses and delivering training.

2. Actions

  • Make our services more dementia friendly

    Work to make our existing services more accessible and welcoming to people with dementia, such as extending our befriending service to support people with dementia to attend activities and trips. Redecorate our local community centre (where we host most of our activities) to make it a brighter, cleaner and more welcoming place to spend time. Develop new dementia friendly activities, such as starting a ‘Singing for the Brain’ group.       


    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We have applied for and been awarded a grant from Leeds City Council to redecorate our local community centre to make it brighter and more welcoming to people attending our activities. We are currently planning a community event to involve local people, organisations and the local media in order to promote the work we do and awareness of dementia alongside the redecoration of the centre.  

  • Raise awareness of dementia in the local community

    Continue encouraging our volunteers to attend Dementia Friends training. Raise awareness of dementia in the Meanwood area, including local businesses, organisations, community groups and members of the public. Encourage and support these groups to attend Dementia Friends training, and where relevant develop dementia friendly action plans


    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Currently inviting our volunteers and members to Dementia Friends training and compiling a list of local businesses and organisations to contact.