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Yorkshire Children’s Centre

Yorkshire Children’s Centre, based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire serves communities locally and regionally in supporting children, young people, families, adults at risk and older people in need. Focusing on early intervention, preventative approaches and support strategies, through a range of programmes. Our goal is simple, to improve the lives of children, young people, families and older people throughout the UK, currently focused on Yorkshire. Our work with older people centres around reducing social isolation through ‘Its only Me’ befriending and Travel Companions, we will also be delivering a new partnership project Dementia Reading Friends in Kirklees. We host three lunch clubs a week for the over 55’s. We work with children and young people in several of our programmes, Safety in the Home, Safety Rangers, Kirklees and National Healthy Start Vitamin Scheme. We deliver interventions and training for families going through separation as well as being a child contact centre. The children and families programme also runs a nationally accredited Domestic Violence perpetrator programme. Our education programmes provide a pupil referral unit for 14 to 16 year olds at Brian Jackson College and we run various programmes for 16 to 19year olds such as New Beginnings, Step Up, Creative Futures and Talent Match. We have three main centres two in Huddersfield and Batley and have recently opened premises in Doncaster, we have permanent tenants and room hire availability. National Children’s Centre Enterprises is our commercial arm offering a range of services as well as our Pass It On shops. Volunteers are key to Yorkshire Children’s Centre and they are supported by the volunteer coordinator and programme leads.

6 July 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Kirklees 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?

 Brian Jackson House and Batley Resource Centre are both community buildings and designated ‘Safe Places’  for vulnerable people including those living with dementia.

We are promoting dementia awareness throughout the organisation, for example we hosted four dementia friends awareness sessions for staff and volunteers and for our new Dementia Reading Champions project we are putting together a basic training programme including dementia awareness which we plan to roll out to all our volunteers.


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

Some areas within the whole organisation may not feel dementia is relevant to their work. All staff are busy and focused on our own areas of work that it may not be seen as a priority.

We are still recognised generally as a children’s organisation, with interventions for families with young children and many people do not yet associate us with work with the elderly and those with dementia.

To overcome these challenges:

  • We can emphasise the generic nature of dementia awareness and how it may benefit personal knowledge/circumstances.
  • Offer accreditation for attending sessions and link to personal development plans.
  • Yorkshire Children’s Centre is committed to delivering services for older people and our marketing plan will underpin this – we are currently considering the launch of a new brand for our work in this area. We can also ensure that dementia awareness information and leaflets are made available to customers in our Pass It On shops.
  • Ensure our buildings and environment is dementia friendly.

2. Actions

  • Ensuring all areas of the organisation and public are aware we are members of the KDAA.

    By promoting the understanding of our commitment to projects and services for older people, a key example of this is the delivery of the Dementia Reading Champions project. 

    Offer dementia awareness sessions i.e. dementia friend’s sessions for staff and volunteers.

    Tailor information to suit the project/staff needs, enabling us as an organisation to better support our client group, i.e. helping someone in one of our shops

    Information sharing and links on our Facebook page and website.

    Updates and  latest information via email and newsletters

    Display the ‘Working Towards Dementia Friendly’ recognition certificate and logo.

  • Ensuring we have enough information and access to support

    Utilise the advisory element of our Dementia Reading Champions Steering Group for development, support and information regarding dementia awareness and support available across Kirklees.

    Being part of the KDAA will enable us to cascade relevant information to staff, volunteers and the local community. Also enabling up to access relevant resources and networking opportunities to further develop dementia awareness and projects that support those living with dementia.

    Utilise online resources as appropriate including those of the Alzheimer’s Society, DAA & SCIE.