Denby Dale Centre
The Centre has accessible minibuses and a car which provides door to door transport to our group activities as well as offering days out and weekly shopping opportunities to members. We occasionally provide escorts for those needing help but the passengers mutually support each other. We offer a variety of services from Denby Dale and our ‘hub’ at Kirkburton, our groups include: Monday 10.30 -3.00 – for people with first and second stage dementia which includes activities and a hot lunch. Self or professional referrals. Respite for carers. Wednesday 10.00 – 1.15 a film followed by a hot lunch, open to anyone. Thursday 10.30 – 12.30 Learn new computer skills in a friendly club with one to one support. Friday club fortnightly 10.30 – 3.00 for those who need some company; includes activities and hot meal. We also offer a drop in and telephone support service. We welcome referrals from individuals (self-referrals), professional, statutory and voluntary organisations. The Centre has a charity shop in Springfield Mill that provides an income with which we can subsidise the cost of our activities.
- 8 October 2015
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Care, Recreation, Voluntary Sector, Transport Sector
- 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?
The Denby Dale Centre is a local community and charity organisation. We aim to be a hub for community action in rural South Kirklees, especially in the development of much-needed social support for our local people. We offer a variety of services from Denby Dale and our Hub at Kirkburton, We are now raising funds to refurbish and develop the use of the Hub. The facilities there will complement our base at Denby Dale and will allow us to extend and diversify our programmes across the Denby Dale and Kirkburton wards.
We offer a diverse and varied programme of activities that promote independence, health, wellbeing, reduce isolation, enhancement and memory stimulation. We offer a ‘community support’ and networking approach within all our services and groups, this often results in individuals establishing new friendship groups and peer support networks also giving individuals the opportunity to develop skills and confidence by leading and developing the groups they are accessing. Our services are fully inclusive and support those living with dementia and offer respite care for carers.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We have implemented a charging structure to provide affordable services, we look for new ways to fundraise and generate revenue from our charity shop. The recent relocation of our charity shop should help improve our income stream. We are constantly trying to balance our deficit. We want to keep our services affordable therefore balancing numbers attending services against costs is an issue.
We would welcome more referrals and awareness of our services from partner agencies, third sector agencies are not necessarily used to their potential by statutory agencies. Identifying potential client groups for our services can also be difficult, awareness of our services to other agencies can be limited. Awareness and support for existing services is vital, rather than inventing and duplicating with new services.
Continue to develop dementia awareness
All staff and volunteers will have basic dementia awareness training. We will continue to deliver this to staff and volunteers of the Denby Dale Centre and Kirkburton Hub. This we be done by means of dementia friends or online resources i.e. SCIE.
Managers will have input and attend Mental Health Forums thus providing awareness of local developments and projects.
If time allows a member of the staff team will attend the one day Dementia Friends Champions training enabling us to cascade dementia friends awareness as required and have an in-house Champion.
Raise awareness of services
We will explore the options of developing digital awareness, enabling greater promotion and understanding of our services to the local community and professionals.
Where possible we will link with the KDAA, other partners and attend events that promote services for wellbeing and supporting people living with dementia and their carers.
We will continue to identify older people not yet associated with the organisation through the conventional means. Allowing us to encourage them into activities, access support and advice and help maintain their independence.
Support of carers and families
We shall continue to offer support by telephone and other means to carers and families of our members as is necessary for the welfare of both our members and their support network.
Relationships in the community
As an organisation we seek to remain in touch with the community and we try to react to reported needs as far as is possible. We try to develop good relationships with local health professionals.