Burmantofts Senior Action
Burmantofts Senior Action (BSA) aims to help and support older people to live independently in their own homes, help to combat isolation, loneliness and live a healthier lifestyle. BSA offers services and activities such as 2 lunch clubs, mens group, craft group, drop in, coffee morning and book exchange, help, advice, home visits, gardening service, police surgeries, day trips, parties, volunteering opportunities and much more. The project is run by a management committee of 14 people, 10 of whom are local older people themselves. BSA works in partnership with local organisations in the area to promote health and wellbeing in older people. Thirty eight volunteers give their time willingly to the project helping at lunch clubs, groups, office work, day trips and over an average week, 77 hours of help is given to BSA and local older people. This year, BSA was honoured to be presented the Duke of York Community Initiative award by HRH Prince Andrew.
- 27 April 2015
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Voluntary Sector
- 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?
For five years, BSA worked with the Alzheimer’s society and held a dementia café ‘De-Café in the East’ at St Agnes Church Hall. This was a small but very friendly group of people who came once a month, they danced, sang, had quizzes and drank tea and coffee. People with dementia and their carers were encouraged to come together and friendships were made. Sadly, the café had to close when the numbers suddenly dropped due to people moving into nursing homes or sadly passed away. The project manager of BSA has attended previous ‘Dementia Friendly’ meetings and the management committee are committed to helping people with dementia and their carers who are encouraged to attend all activities. BSA still continues to have strong links with the Alzheimer’s Society and refer and receive referrals from them. The majority of volunteers have had training in dementia awareness and the Volunteer Co-ordinator is hoping that all volunteers will be trained by the middle of 2015. It is our vision to work with people with dementia and their carers and promote BSA as a dementia friendly organisation.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
With the correct training in place for staff and volunteers, BSA will be committed to deliver the outcomes
Improve the understanding of Dementia
Offer training to all staff and volunteers to understand dementia and memory issues.
Promote BSA as a Dementia Friendly organisation
Use the Dementia Friendly logo on correspondence, newsletters etc. for the community to see and ensure all staff are able to answer questions or have a named contact if there are questions staff are unable to answer.
Identify gaps in service provision for people with Dementia
Check that all services are open to people with dementia, memory issues and their carers and act on the findings.