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The Bolesworth Estate

The Bolesworth Estate is a 6,000 acre rural estate which has been owned by the Barbour family since 1856. The work of the Estate supports a diverse range of small and large scale local businesses from the more traditional such as dairy farming, to modern hi-tech business. The Estate provides a wide range of residential property and over 140 commercial lettings, with the Estate’s tenants employing over 1,000 people. Under the careful stewardship of the Barbour Family , Bolesworth Estate has developed and diversified into a multifaceted and innovative rural business, and one that takes its social responsibilities seriously whilst playing a central role in building a modern, diverse, sustainable, local rural economy.

29 May 2015
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?

As an accomodation provider we often have regular contact with people who may have dementia.

Through training our staff are able to understand the signs of dementia and assist where possible and practicable to do so and also to know when to perhaps share concerns with that persons family or carer.

 A recent large scale Bolesworth initiative has seen a successful and locally supported planning application for the development of a 36 bed nursing home and retirement village for the over 65s, located on the outskirts of Tattenhall. The scheme includes an element of affordable and market accommodation.

The Bolesworth Estate wants to play a lead role in raising awareness of the issues around dementia particularly in light of this new development.

Bolesworth will continue working in partnership with the Harthill Hub to create an ‘access for all’ gateway to the countryside in Harthill, by supporting the development of disability accessible/dementia friendly facilities and supporting the development of Harthill as a dementia friendly community.


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

Building an understanding amongst staff

Issues surrounding confidentiality

Galvanizing the local community to participate in awareness raising sessions.    

  1. 1.    How can you overcome these challenges?


The Estate will work in a sympathetic manner and be respectful of our customer’s privacy.

 We will be proud to state that we are a Dementia Friendly Organisation

We will continue to support the Harthill Hub to coordinate dementia awareness raising activities amongst our many occupiers on the Estate

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2. Actions

  • Review staff dementia awareness and understandings regularly

    Review our dementia awareness/training every six months with staff, to ensure front line staff continue to understand the issues around dementia with particular focus on what we can do to help

  • Support the Harthill Hub's dementia engagement work

    Bolesworth Estate will continue to actively support the Harthill Hub to develop Harthill as a dementia friendly service in the community and an ‘access for all’ gateway to the countryside. Support through promotion, partnership working and sharing expertise.

  • Community Dementia Awareness Raising

    Bolesworth Estate will promote dementia awareness in the local community, through sharing of dementia information and advertising dementia awareness raising sessions such as Dementia Friends - via posters and social media and other mediums.  Bolesworth will action particular focus on raising awareness through the retirement village development.