Scarborough and Ryedale Community Cycling C.I.C.

Updated:
8 October 2015
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Care, Recreation, Education Sector, Transport Sector
Local Alliances:
Scarborough Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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 object of our organisation is to provide cycling opportunities for everyone, including those with a disability, those with temporary mobility issues, the elderly, those who suffer from dementia or isolation and indeed anyone else who wishes to gain the health benefits that cycling can provide.

Scarborough & Ryedale Community Cycling is a Community Interest Company and is run as a non profit making scheme.

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?

SRCC is an inclusive cycling centre and the object of our scheme is to provide safe cycling opportunities for everyone.  To enable us to do this we have a wide range of cycles, many of which have been designed to carry two people, thus creating a companion bike.  Our staff are well qualified cycling instructors and have received dementia awareness training from the Alzheimer’s Society.  We work with a large number of other organisations and the sheer fact of being so visible out and about in the community can help to raise awareness and understanding.                                      

Our Action Plan:

1. Fundraising to allow us to engage with more people with dementia and their carers. We will research as many funding streams as possible to enable us to deliver a first rate personalised activity for a target group (identified by the Alzheimer’s Society) of those diagnosed with dementia and their carers.

2. Personalised activity programme for the target group (identified by the Alzheimer’s Society) of those diagnosed with dementia and their carers. Working in partnership with dementia patients, their families and carers to monitor any changes in attitude, perceived quality of life, happiness and general wellbeing.

3. Analysing the results - we believe in the benefits of regular exercise, social inclusion and fun as a means to assisting a sense of wellbeing.  We need to have properly monitored case studies to determine the validity of this approach – if it works it could be adopted on a national scale.

 

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

The main challenges we face as an organisation are two fold:

Funding – we are a ‘not for profit’ community interest company -we want our service to be affordable for all.

Perception – on the part of family members and carers - people who have not ridden for many years are often over protective of the person they are caring for  and make decisions for them based largely on their own anxiety.  We hear comments such as ‘I think she would find it too difficult’, ‘I don’t want him to hurt himself’.  Whereas ,in reality, we often find that the person with dementia enjoys the freedom cycling brings and reminds them of something they used to do regularly.

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