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My Place

Myplace is a new youth and community facility in the centre of Rotherham. During the day we have spaces for community groups to meet or deliver courses to a variety of clients including those with mental health, learning difficulties, drug and alcohol related problems or organisations that value having a great space to deliver staff training at a reasonable price. In the evenings and at weekends the building becomes a hub for youth activity. A wide variety of youth groups and organisations book the spaces available as well as our own youth work team delivering a number of different projects

29 July 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Rotherham 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?

Our building is used by many different groups so our services need to be more than just what we offer in terms of courses or sessions.  We do our best to ensure the building remains safe for our users so that people with dementia feel safe as staff and areas are consistent.  We treat people with respect and help those that look like they may be in need of assistance.  A lot of thought was put into the design of the building to ensure that it was welcoming and people feel like they are in a dsafe environment that they become accustomed to.  Being a central part of the community we welcome people in that just want to be out of the home and somewhere they recognise as being a safe place          


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

Being busy it is difficult to ensure we always have staff available to support.  We try to ensure that people when coming in to the building sign in and this allows to know who is where and whether we need to offer extra support             


2. Actions

  • Dementia Awareness

    Organise a Dementia Awareness session and encourage/instruct  all staff to sign up as Dementia friends website                                           Encourage all staff to participate in the SCIE eLearning resources www.scie.org.uk/publications/elearning/                                                    Build the need for staff to have a suitable degree of dementia awareness into their mandatory training


    Being implemented
  • Customer Care

    Provide staff with access to the Alzheimer’s Society Customer Facing Staff Guide. Improve customer service and dementia friendly ways of working

  • Dementia Friendly Enviroments

    Improve access and signage in your facilities/ environment                         Ensure there is availability of a quite are in case a PWD or carers is distressed  someone is distressed .Ensure staff are aware that there can be issues with physical enviroments and consider reviews and improvements to                                                                                      Toilet seats and signage.                                                                       Consider dementia friendly enviroments when any changes are made to the building                                                                                                                                     


  • Information provision

    We will signpost  and provide as much information as possible and when ever appropriate.

    Where possible we will use our website to inform people of support services avaliable  

  • Use of our Facilities

    We welcome the use of my place for social groups using our rooms when pre booked in addition we make people with Dementia and their carers feel welcome and understood in the cafe.Ensuring that all staff have had some dementia awareness  to enable them to be prepared for difficulities a person with Dementia and theirr carer may experience


    Being implemented
  • Youth Centre Involvement

    We will work with Rotherham Dementia Action Aliance and  use the Dementia Friendly Schools Project introducing  Dementia awareness in the work we do with our youth groups .

    This in turn will provide information for the wider community and some minority groups by raising awareness of support services as well as awareness of the condition its self