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Armley Helping Hands

The charity's aim is to provide facilities for the advancement of education, recreation and leisure time activities with a view to improving quality of life and reducing social isolation; and enable older people to enjoy life in their retirement years. To provide services that is of a high quality, courteous and flexible to our older people with in their home and community. To enable older people to engage with their community and enable them to take control of their day to day living enabling us to give older people the opportunity to have choice and control.

4 December 2014
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 day to day running of the charity has many people who may suffer with dementia accessing our services. We provide an in house dementia café which supports people of West Leeds and their carers. By accessing activities it provides a social and educational setting for older people also giving people the opportunity to meet others who may be in similar situations and able to access up to date information from both voluntary and statutory sectors.

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

The challenges we face as a charity are that many people we come across may have some form of memory problem but have not being diagnosed. The stigma that is faced with dementia is also a worry that people are unable to cope; this is not the case, which shows us that we need to raise the awareness within the charity and the local community of what dementia actually is and that people are able to live well and independently with dementia. 

2. Actions

  • Raise awareness of dementia

    We will arrange for awareness days to help staff and volunteers have a more in depth understanding of dementia and the support we can provide.

  • Social activities

    We provide activities Monday to Friday to enable older people to maintain their independence, improve quality of life and reducing social isolation by getting involved within their local community.

  • Home Visits

    We will continue to identify older people not yet associated with the organisation through the conventional means. Allowing us to encourage them into activities, access support and advice and help maintain their independence.

  • Memory Lane

    We provide a friendly, fun, supportive group for anyone with memory problems and their carers. The group meets the third Thursday of every month from 12noon-2.30pm.

    Limited transport is available for a small donation of £3.00.