Fusion Lifestyle is a highly experienced sports and leisure management organisation. We work in partnership with local authorities, schools and colleges, and other public sector organisations, to provide recreational sport, health and fitness activities to local communities. Fusion Lifestyle is a registered charity, which means that all our incoming resources are used to improve and develop all our facilities and activities. We believe that everyone in the community deserves top quality services at affordable prices.
- 8 May 2015
- Health, Recreation
- Local Alliances:
- Southwark 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?
Locally in Southwark, we consult with our members and local people to find out their needs and requests to help shape the service we deliver. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for all of the population no matter what their background is, although we are also committed to providing concessionary rates through a leisure axess card, to ensure everyone has the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity. We are very much in the heart of the community and aim to provide a robust community service. To enable us to do this we have a disability champion at each site who ensures we are delivering an inclusive service which considers all forms of disability. We aim to facilitate everyone and make all people feel welcomed in our leisure centres.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Sometimes these targets can be restricted through staff turnover and a lack of training. The leisure industry sees a constant change of staffing due to the nature of the business. Therefore, it can be difficult to keep the standards constantly high, it takes time to train new staff, and funding can sometimes restrict the breadth of training we are able to offer.
Offer Free Gym and Swim to persons with Dementia aged 60 and over
From May 23rd we will be running a pilot programme which will enable those aged 60 and over to enter our leisure centres and attend 'silver' sessions for free. The silver programme runs at all leisure centres and provides a range of activities each week. This will mean that those who are 60 and over and haveDementia, will have better access to using the facilities.
Dementia training for staff
In partnership with Southwark Council, we will provide Dementia training for all of our staff throughout the next year. We hope that this will help to raise awareness and educate staff on what Dementia is and how it affects people with dementia and their families. The training will help us to sustain high standards of service and make our leisure centres inclusive for all.
Inclusion of Dementia Awareness in Open Days and Weekends
We regularly hold Open Days and Weekends at our leisure centre's which are focused on raising awareness of opportunities and organisations relating to all disabilities in Southwark. We invite partners and organisations to attend and provide taster sessions. We will commit to involve dementia awareness in all of these days, and promote the Dementia Action Alliance.
To co-ordinate Dementia Friends Sessions for Staff (at least 3 members of staff per site)
We would like to offer a series of dementia friends training sessions on site to staff during their shifts to try and engage as many people as possible
2016 - Second Quarter Update
To make Dementia Friends (DF) online awareness sessions mandatory for Fusion Staff
To embed DF online videos/awareness sessions onto Fusion E-Learning portal
Set a deadline for staff to complete the online DF awareness session
- Being implemented
2016 - Second Quarter Update