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The Dance Studio Leeds Ltd

We provide dance and fitness for primarily adults, ranging from 16 years to 80 years and above! We have a wide range of classes on offer each week and also programme guest workshops throughout the year. Other services include wedding dance tuition, hen and stag parties, team building and corporate workshops, and our new project is to explore ways dance can aid people’s health and well being for those living with dementia and cancer.

27 April 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?

Specialising in dance and fitness we engage with many adults of different ages from within our local community. Subsequently we have several ways we can help share and promote Dementia Friends and our local alliance. As an organisation we are currently offering free dance classes for people living with Dementia and their carers as part of a new pilot for 2015. We hope this will be a success so that we continue to offer this service long term. By also raising awareness of Dementia to our reception staff we hope to be able to respond better to dementia patients and their carers needs when they are visiting the studios and when we are delivering projects within the community

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

Currently our Dance for Dementia is an unfunded project so for it to be able to continue long term we would need to secure some financial backing. The scope to improve the studio facilities might be limited due to the building set up.

2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding on Dementia

    All customer facing staff shall have access to the Alzheimer’s Society Guide and will be encouraged to become Dementia Friends.       

  • Be more pro active in the community and share our support

    Where possible a representative from the studio will try and attend the local Dementia Action Alliance meetings, and we will join our local alliance. We will help to promote the local alliance, and Dementia Friends campaign by sharing our support via our newsletters, social media and website.

  • Consider ways to make our studio environment more Dementia friendly

    We will look at ways we can improve our studios and facilities to make them more accessible using the Dementia friendly checklist

    Initial Scoping
  • Research funding and financial support

    We will investigate ways we can fund the dance sessions for Dementia so we can continue to offer this service to the local community.