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Pulse Cafe

The Pulse Cafe is part of Skillnet Group CIC offering a delicious seasonal cafe menu and a welcoming and comfortable meeting place for the whole community. Skillnet Group's Vision: We work towards a world in which all people are able to achieve their full potential, be citizens with equal rights in society, be as powerful and influential as anyone else, are valued for their qualities, skills, ideas and views, enjoy full representation in politics, the media, the workforce and local community life. Our wider vision is of a world in which all people are equally valued and all life is respected.

30 June 2015
South East
Retail, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Swale Dementia Action Alliance, Kent 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?

- Using the Pulse Cafe to host dementia training and events.

- Committing a percentage of staff and volunteers to completing dementia training or becoming dementia friends.

-Providing information for all local dementia services and assist with signposting.

Our Values:
We believe the first things we should see in a person are their humanity, qualities, abilities and potential. Understanding any impairment they may have is very important, but secondary we believe it is society’s failure to adapt to a person’s impairment that disables them.

We believe everything we do to support a person should be shaped by who they are as an individual – their hopes, dreams, gifts, skills and potential. We call this Personalisation.

We believe in ethical business. Our way of working supports the long-term health of society, the economy and the environment. We aim to “meet the needs of the present without preventing future generations from meeting their own needs” (World Commission on Environment and Development). We call this Sustainability.

We believe in compassionate respect for all life. We encourage people to consider how their actions affect the world around them.
We believe support given to people is most effective when the people and organisations giving it work closely together. We value co-working over competition. We build partnerships and share resources with organisations whose values are like ours. Our quality and excellence are motivated by our commitment to people.

We believe social goals are more likely to be achieved if there is no profit motive. We therefore put all our profit back into supporting the work we do. This saves our customers and funders the cost of private profits. We believe in rewarding employees with fulfilling work, a fair, living wage and employment terms and conditions that value their family and social lives.

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

- Keeping up to date with what is available in the area, so we can assist with signposting.

- Having the resources to ensure everyone in the team receives the necessary training to become a dementia friend.

2. Actions

  • Hosting training and events

    Use the Pulse Cafe to host dementia training and events 

    Being implemented
  • Staff and volunteers trained as Dementia friends

    Commit a percentage of staff and volunteers to completing dementia training or becoming dementia friends

    Being implemented
  • Signposting

    Provide information for all local dementia services and assist with signposting

    Being implemented