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Dementia Friendly Keighley

We aim to support people with dementia and their carers by raising dementia awareness and becoming a Dementia Friendly Town. We want to increase understanding of dementia amongst the population and change the way Keighley Communities think, talk and act about dementia.

Updated:
4 April 2018
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector, Charity
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Bradford District 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 aim is to become a Dementia Friendly Town and we are raising dementia awareness in the town through our Dementia Friends Champions delivering the Dementia Friends Information Sessions. These sessions are being delivered to the general public, shopping centre retail staff, community groups, GP Practices, schools, public bodies, supermarkets, local services and the local hospital. We are doing this through partnership working with the local council, shopping centre manager, local community groups and with support from the Alzheimer’s Society. We are mapping the dementia journey and meeting with key agencies to identify any gaps in services and training. We are fundraising to try and help provide new activities for people with dementia and their carers and also to keep the activities that we have ongoing. We have an information stand in the shopping centre once a month and our long term aim is to have a shop front/drp in centre.

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

Our first challenge is sustaining what we have started. We need to recruit more volunteers to help with our various subgroups and we also need to recruit more Dementia Friends Champions so we can deliver the Dementia Friends Awareness Sessions more widely and more often. Funding is always a challenge; we are having various fundraising events as well as applying for community grants etc which will help us sustain groups we currently have in Keighley and also provide any new groups that people feel would be beneficial to them. We would need to secure a fairly large longer term pot of money in order for us to achieve our ambition of having our own Dementia Friendly Keighley Shop Front/Drop In Centre.

2. Actions

  • Increase the number of Dementia Friends Champions

    We want to recruit more dementia friends champions in order to deliver the Dementia Friends Informaton Sessions to the general public and the many groups, shops, businesses, schools  etc within the town and surrounding area and attain our target of 1000 Dementia Friends by the end of the year.

     

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    We now have over 3000 Dementia Friends delivered by 5 Champions. Our delivery of Dementia Friends Information Sessions is ongoing.

  • Build on the membership of Dementia Friendly Keighley and recruit more volunteers

    We would like to increase our membership  and recruit more volunteers to help with things like fundraising, information stall, help with local dementia group activities. We can do this through press release of our events/fundraising efforts etc; also when we deliver our Dementia Friends Informations Sessions and when we hold the Information stall.

     

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    We have recently managed to recruit 15 new volunteers to help us in our office where we support people with Dementia & their carers/families with information and activities.

  • Improving understanding of living and caring for people with dementia.

    We would like to have a shop front somewhere central in the town, eg  the shopping centre, which would provide people with dementia and their carers a place where they could drop in for a cup of tea and a chat; gather any information/advice they may need; a safe place for people with dementia to wait for a little while, so their carer/loved one is able to attend an appointment or do some shopping etc. This would/could also be a first point of contact for members of the public to come and get information about Dementia or be signposted to other relevant agencies that may be able to assist.

     

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    We were successful in securing a shop unit in our local shopping centre which we opened as our office/information centre on 7 June 2017. We are open 12 hours per week to give support and information. We are now in the process of working towards opening our ‘drop in’ element. People with Dementia can stay with us for an hour or two whilst their carers/family members attend an appointment, do some shopping or simply have a coffee with a friend. We will keep their loved one in a safe, comfortable space with lots of activit/stimulation until their carers/family member returns.

  • Improving understanding of living and caring for people with dementia.

    We would like to have a shop front somewhere central in the town, eg  the shopping centre, which would provide people with dementia and their carers a place where they could drop in for a cup of tea and a chat; gather any information/advice they may need; a safe place for people with dementia to wait for a little while, so their carer/loved one is able to attend an appointment or do some shopping etc. This would/could also be a first point of contact for members of the public to come and get information about Dementia or be signposted to other relevant agencies that may be able to assist.

     

    Status:
    Planning