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Ansell Community Centre

The Ansell Community Centre (ACC) is a registered company and also has charitable status. Its activities are based in the Ansell Centre in Hadleigh, Suffolk, a large village hall type building which belongs to the United Reformed Church. The ACC’s objectives are to provide community activities for residents of Hadleigh and the surrounding villages. There are eight trustees and approximately 50 volunteers. There are no paid members of staff. Currently the ACC organises two lunch clubs a month for elderly people and a digital cinema once or twice a month. There is a proposal to facilitate a weekly drop-in afternoon with singing, games or other activities for members of the community who need support.

10 June 2015
East of England
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Hadleigh 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?

The ACC aims to include people with dementia in the activities it provides by, for example, phoning them to remind them of forthcoming events and ensuring they are made welcome and helped to find a seat with people who are aware of their needs.

 Informal training for volunteers has taken place and it is hoped that all trustees and volunteers will become dementia friends.

The digital cinema welcomes everyone to its film shows. This includes people with dementia as well as those who are hard of hearing (a hearing loop is available as well as sub-titles on request), those with autism and those who are severely disabled.

 The trustees as well as lunch club and cinema committees regularly review provision for people with all disabilities. 

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

Challenges are mainly limited time and limited financial resources. The ACC is operated entirely by volunteers most of whom have many other calls on their time. It also aims to keep its charges to clients as low as possible which means that it operates on a tight budget

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2. Actions

  • To enable all volunteers to become dementia friends by the end of 2015.

    Several information sessions will be provided at different times so that all volunteers have the opportunity to become dementia friends. The sessions will be held in the Ansell Centre or the URC Community Room.

    Being implemented
  • Ensure the Ansell Centre is a welcoming and dementia-friendly venue

    Liaise with the United Reformed Church (owners of the premises) to ensure everything has been done to help people with dementia to find their way to the Ansell Centre and to find their way around the building.


    Being implemented
  • Provide a weekly drop-in afternoon for members of the community who need support.

    Discussions are currently taking place about the kind of activities which could be provided on a Tuesday afternoon. It is hoped that this will include singing once or twice a month.

    The Ansell Centre has been booked on Tuesday afternoons.