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Milford on Sea Village Community Centre

Milford on Sea Community Centre provides a home for clubs and societies in our area; runs entertainment events for all ages; operates a youth group and a ‘Play and Stay’ group for young children and their carers. There is a monthly lunch group for the elderly and those living alone, and regular charity lunches and events.

26 March 2015
Recreation, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Hampshire 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?

 To improve awareness of living with Dementia by the users of the centre and the volunteers who run it.  Enable them to offer help and support to people to live well with dementia and their carers.

Make our Community Centre a safe place for people living with dementia to visit.  We already host an Alzheimers’ group and other users with early dementia and we wish to understand their needs and the needs of their carers better.

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

Volunteers being able to attend training.  Members of the public already in early stages of dementia might be reluctant to take part in sessions.

2. Actions

  • Train Community Centre Volunteers

    Training is being arranged to improve understanding of Centre volunteers and paid staff by organising Dementia Friends sessions. There are several groups of volunteers: bar & café volunteers; box office etc and separate sessions will be run with the aim of making as many of them dementia friends as possible.

    Being implemented

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Train Trustees as Dementia Friends.

    Training has been provided to improve understanding of Centre Trustees  by  Dementia Friends sessions. 

  • Hold Dementia Awareness session for Public

    Public sessions have already been run and more are planned and scheduled.

    Being implemented
  • Develop Dementia Friends Champions among Trustees and volunteers

    Encourage at least 1 Trustee and 2 other volunteers to become Dementia Champions.  One Trustee is already a Champion

    Being implemented
  • Provide facilities to improve social and physical wellbeing for those with dementia

    The Centre already hosts an Alzheimers’ painting group.  Other similar groups will be encouraged to use the Centre for activities.

    Being implemented
  • Ensure that the Centre is a friendly and welcoming environment for those living with dementia and their carers.

    Review the physical environment and consider changes that would make it more user friendly and accessible for those living with Dementia.

    Initial Scoping
  • Respite for Carers

    The Community Centre is already used by Carers clubs.

  • Liaise and plan with other groups and societies in the area.

    Establish a regular forum with other groups and societies to ensure a consistent approach and to develop new initiatives for delivering dementia awareness.

    There is already a Community Panel established by the Centre including members of Milford on Sea Dementia Action Group.  Participate in this forum and encourage dementia awareness to be a standard item on the agenda and support new initiatives wherever feasible

    Being implemented