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south suffolk leisure

South Suffolk Leisure South Suffolk Leisure is a not for profit Charitable Trust whose aim is to provide or assist in the provision of facilities and services for recreational, sporting or other leisure time occupation in the interests of social welfare. Facilities are provided to the public at large and are fully accessible to all regardless to age, infirmity, ability, disability, poverty or social or economic circumstances. We aim to promote and improve healthy living for our community through accessible active leisure. Our Priorities include: Our Workforce To address the cultural issues implicit on retention, recognition and development, creating high value jobs and opportunities for local people. Our Brands and Products To promote awareness and brand value, while seeking opportunities to develop diversity Our Community To shape, influence and provide leadership that supports and facilities active, healthy and safe communities. Our Future To maximise and develop efficiency of the assets within our community Leading the way to active living…

31 May 2018
East of England
Health, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance, Stowmarket Dementia Action Alliance , Felixstowe 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?

We are a third sector organisation run on behalf of the communities of Babergh District Council. We aim to provide accessible and affordable opportunities in sport and physical activities for all people within our community, this includes those with dementia and their carers. Our actions are centered on three of the National Dementia Declaration outcomes: 1. I know that services are designed around me and my needs 2. I live in an enabling and supportive environment where I feel valued and understood 3. I have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life We will train our staff about dementia so that they can support and understand those who enter our buildings and use our services who are living with dementia or caring for someone with dementia We will raise awareness by hosting regular dementia friendly community events. We will ensure that the services available in Hadleigh are included in our hosted website. www.hadleighdementiafriends.co.uk We will work at ensuring that we offer dementia friendly facilities that can be accessed by people living with dementia and their carers. South Suffolk Leisure’s Chief Executive chairs the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance and is commitment to contributing to creating a Dementia Friendly Community. Working to connect a wide range of stakeholders to the Hadleigh DAA steering group South Suffolk Leisure will look to ensure that the DAA offers supported signposting to social care, physical activity and culture and arts programs that are provided throughout the community.

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

The key challenges to these outcomes are committing time and resource for this new area of focus for the Trust and encouraging stakeholders to work together without putting undo stress on anyone party along with proactively committing time to ensure that successes are shared however small and encouraging new stakeholders to join the DAA to increase the number of dementia friends in Hadleigh.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Deliver Training

    Ensuring all new staff to the organisation complete a dementia friends awareness session within three months of the joining the organisation. 

    Deliver dementia friends awareness to all existing staff, encouraging them to become dementia friends.

    Train three Dementia Friends Champions for delivery within the organisation.

    As of January 2016 we know have five dementia friend champions employed by the Trust. 


    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    As of year ending December 2016 we know have five dementia champions employed by the Trust  and 55 employees have completed a dementia friend information session.  

  • Raise Awareness

    To host an annual delivery program of community dementia awareness events and dementia friend awareness sessions at Hadleigh Pool and Leisure to raise awareness of dementia to the local community, local businesses and local organisations.

    Being implemented

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    As of December 2015 SSL have supported and delivered dementia awareness sessions throughout the community.  

    Including, pop up market stall, instore information points.  dementia friends information sessions to staff, community groups and schools.  

  • Services

    To host websites for the Hadleigh dementia action alliance. With an aim of offering supported signposting to social care, physical activity and culture and arts. 

    www.hadleighdementiafriends.co.uk and www.hadleighdementiafriends.org   


    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Building a sign posting website has been a larger piece of work than anticipated and as of December 2015 was included in new e-mobiled site being created for the Trust.  This should go live in March 2016

  • Facilities

    To offer dementia friendly accessible facilities at Hadleigh Pool & Leisure and Hadleigh High Leisure Centre encouraging inclusion in day to day activity. 


    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Together Tuesday a new two hour activity session was set up in September for people living with dementia and their families.  Numbers are growing week and week with over 50 members of the community joining the sessions for some Christmas songs and games followed by afternoon tea.  The session is proving to be a huge success.