Leeds Trinity University
Guided by our Catholic identity and faith foundation, we provide an exceptional educational experience in a diverse community. We are committed to the promotion of dignity, respect, social justice and equality in order to deliver positive social and economic impacts.
- 12 March 2015
- Yorkshire and Humber
- 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?
As a university we encourage our students to give back to the community. We aim to embed a sense of citizenship, in fact we are a founding partner of the Leeds Citizens Group. Dr Ann Marie Mealey is Chair of the Leeds Citizens Group at Leeds Trinity. We have regular fundraising events often instigated by chaplaincy with Oxfam and our Students and Student Union. We also make every effort to liaise with external agencies in partnership working. We strongly encourage our students to volunteer as part of their student experience, which enables them to participate in life outside the university, in the community.
Within that, we are proposing to run Dementia Awareness sessions to staff and students regularly. Our reception, porters and caretakers have undertaken Dementia Friend training, as front line staff. There may also be some curriculum links between our Sport, Health & Nutrition students and the effects of nutrition on dementia.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Time management and the pressures of work may be a challenge both for staff and students. This could be overcome by embedding training and awareness events into Freshers Week and Mental Health Week, as well as new staff induction.
Increase our awareness of Dementia
We will provide awareness sessions for our students and staff during the year to ensure greater understanding of dementia. We will encourage staff to become Dementia Champions so that all existing staff and students, as well as new starters and Freshers, are given Dementia Friends training as a rolling programme.
We can involve Leeds Dementia Action Alliance in our annual Mental Wealth event, giving them a stand and access to staff and students, who will gain knowledge and the opportunity to volunteer if appropriate.
A Dementia Friendly environment
We will endeavour to make our front line services dementia-aware and create a supportive environment. This will include reception staff, porters, caretaking staff, catering staff as well as academic and support staff.