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Harthill Hub CIC

The Harthill Hub is a Development Trust; a Community Interest Company set up in partnership with the Bolesworth Estate to enable sustainable development in Harthill and the surrounding area. We create opportunities through supporting innovation and helping find and implement local solutions to local issues. We do this sustainably by trading for social purpose, developing local enterprise partnerships and through the management of buildings and land to bring about long-term social, economic and environmental benefits in the local community. Core objective is to develop Harthill as a rural centre for wellbeing, to open the door to the countryside for those that have been excluded. Harthill has suffered decline over the past 10 years losing its school and church which formed the main focal point for residents. Harthill Hub has taken on the responsibility of bringing the (now unconsecrated) church back into community use and putting it back at the heart of the community. The aim of this project is to give isolated community members a meeting place and to create a 21st century community facility in a 17th century building. Harthill, like many other rural communities has a rapidly aging population with nearly a quarter of the parish being over 65, it is served by no public transport services.

Updated:
12 May 2015
Location:
North West
Local Alliances:
West Cheshire 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?

By developing Harthill as an accessible gateway to the countryside for all and by raising awareness of all potential barriers to accessing the countryside and finding practical solutions to overcoming them. By developing accessible footpaths and a dementia friendly/ all accessible visitor centre, by providing all accessible/dementia friendly accommodation, and by developing projects that directly support excluded groups to access the countryside

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

Overcoming the real and perceived barriers to being physically active outdoors, particularly for people with dementia

Securing funding to implement the physical changes that are required to make our facilities more dementia friendly.

Transporting people to our rural location

Engaging with isolated people living with dementia and supporting them to access the countryside.  

How can you overcome these challenges?

Engage the local community in dementia awareness raising programmes.

Invite as many people living with dementia, service providers and carers to Harthill as possible so that we can work together to over-come real and perceived barriers.

Continue to work hard with our partners to secure funding and support for the ongoing developments.

Work with our partners to identify potential transport solutions – sharing resources.

Work with our service delivery partners to identify best practice for engagement and to raise awareness of the opportunities we can offer.

2. Actions

  • Engage the local community in dementia awareness raising programmes

    Description: We will continue to arrange and host awareness raising sessions such as Dementia Friends so that we help create a critical mass of knowledge within our community.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Open up Harthill to people affected by dementia

    Use the ‘Dementia Friendly Environment’ checklist to help us run accessible events and meetings in Harthill that encourage people living with dementia, their carers and service providers to attend. Work on creating a fully accessible gateway to the countryside for people with dementia      

    Status:
    Initial Scoping
  • Securing Funding to continue the services and specifically engage with people with dementia and carers

    Ongoing bid writing and business planning, working closely with our partners to be more inclusive of people affected by dementia.   

    Status:
    Initial Scoping
  • Transport solutions

    Work with our partners to identify practical solutions for people with dementia, particularly so that those without private transport can still access Harthill.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping
  • Engagement

    Work with our partners to identify best practice for engaging people with dementia and their families/carers in our services at Harthill and to raise awareness of the opportunities we can offer.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping