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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE)

Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) is a registered charity organisation funded by Leeds City Council. Our aim is to improve quality of life for the over 60s by providing community based activities, information, help and support. Founded in October 2003, we offer a wide range of services for the residents of Wetherby and the surrounding villages. These include: • A Befriending service • A social group in Wetherby called the Elderberries • The Boston Spa Buskers • Two specialist memory cafés in Boston Spa and Collingham to support people living with Dementia and their carers • Gardening Scheme (Currently a waiting list) • An information and advice service • IT course in partnership with the Laptop Loungers of Wetherby • Poetry Group • Knit one Purlwise • Howlers singing group • Seasonal Musical Matinees • Chairobics • WiSE Owl Cafe for the Community A newly established transport scheme to help you keep appointments, and to reduce isolation.

21 December 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Leeds 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 Memory Cafés; The Boston Tea Party in Boston Spa and the Sunshine Café in Collingham. Their aim is to support those living with dementia and their carers. Both Cafés provide a simple but effective way of addressing the problems faced by carers of people with dementia, who, due to the all encompassing nature of their role, often become socially isolated. Here they have a chance to meet and talk with other people facing the same challenges, as well as an opportunity to get advice from health care professionals.

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

Our two memory cafes have been running for a number of years. Our challenge is heightening the awareness of our cafés. Also recruiting our volunteers to support the two cafes is ongoing.    

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2. Actions

  • Heightening awareness

    We run two dementia cafes and promote them on our website and in all village magazines to identify and heighten the awareness of local people living with dementia and their carers.

    Being implemented
  • Volunteer Recruitment

    We continually advertise for volunteers to help run our two dementia cafés.    

    Being implemented