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Holbeck Elderly Aid

Its key aim is to improve the environment in which elderly people live, to relieve isolation and loneliness experienced by many. The organisation arranges and provides day trips and outings, seasonal festivities and events, and social gatherings for the community and actively encourages inter-generational involvement and activities, in order to promote and foster Community spirit.

8 October 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Care, Health, Housing Sector, Voluntary Sector, Transport Sector
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, 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?

Our vision is for people in Holbeck to live well with dementia. We work with other health and social care providers as set out in the National Dementia Strategy to promote a better public and professional knowledge about dementia to remove the stigma currently associated with it; to encourage early diagnosis and intervention through our neighbourhood support team and the staff, and ensure quality accessible services that will effectively meet the needs of people with dementia and their carers.

We will work with partners to deliver the following priorities:

  • Living well with dementia in care homes, extra care housing and general needs housing
  • To work with health and social care providers to improve the quality of support for people and carers who access community based services
  • To assist with identifying early intervention for all
  • Improved engagement with those with dementia and their carers

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

Tackling perceptions about how people who have a dementia diagnosis can live their lives in particular local residents living in the community, volunteers and some service users. In particular promoting that people can live well with dementia and are still able, and have a right to, choice and control over the way they live their lives.

Ensuring that those working across our organisation have the correct skills and knowledge especially volunteers and also relevant specialist knowledge through training to ensure that the needs of people with dementia are met most effectively

Financial challenges within the public sector and charity sector are at their greatest due to lack of government funding and organisations such as HEA have to work hard to access and secure funding from organisations such as Big Lottery, other foundations trusts to carry out the vital work required to delivery such a range of services to the Holbeck community.

2. Actions

  • Increase dementia awareness within the local area of Holbeck

    We are going to promote the Leeds Dementia Action Alliance and Dementia Friends to the users of St Matthews, Ingram Gardens, Ingram Court and other housing schemes, all volunteers, staff and other service users and through our Well Being Clinics held quarterly at the Community Centre continue to educate as many people as possible.

  • Using social media to promote our organisation working towards our organisation being dementia friendly

    Through our website, twitter and face book we will actively promote the importance of being a Dementia Friendly Society. This will be launched through a Face Book account and a new updated website.

  • Increase our support services for people and families living with dementia

    Through our current Neighbourhood Support Worker and the new post due later this year we will actively ensure that we support service users and their families who are living with dementia and signpost help and support – this support will be given in the first instance by HEA’s Strategic Support Officer. The second post holder will also do the Dementia Champions training later this year.

    Planning, Being implemented