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Older Wiser Local Seniors (OWLS)

OWLS is a Neighbourhood Network Scheme which works in the areas of Burley, Hyde Park, South Headingley and parts of Kirkstall. We provide help, information and activities for older people which improve their quality of life and help them live independently in their own homes. We currently have 340 members, who take part in a wide range of activities including an exercise class, lunch club, Bollywood film screenings, befriending and monthly day trips. We also hold a daily information and drop-in service which provides help and advice on a wide range of issues.

1 September 2017
Yorkshire and Humber
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
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?

As a NNS, we are committed to providing support and advice to all people in our area over 55 years. Therefore, we aim to create a supportive environment where people with dementia feel safe and happy to take part in any activity and are able to socialise/communicate with other OWLS members.

We can provide transport and volunteers to help people with Dementia attend our weekly activities. We can also work closely with families/carers to provide them with advice and ensure we communicate with them regularly about the time we are spending with their loved ones.

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

Although staff members have attended dementia awareness training, our volunteers have not. Therefore, we need to ensure they are given the information needed to support our members with dementia and feel confident in dealing with all situations.

We also find that other older people may lack experience/knowledge of Dementia which can make them unsure and nervous to approach people with Dementia, therefore not including them in activities.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Awareness training for all volunteers

    We will invite all volunteers to a Dementia awareness training session, run by a dementia champion.     

  • Telephone reminder service

    We have recently implemented a reminder service for our members who suffer from dementia or any memory problems, but who like to attend our activities. This involves giving them a quick ring in the morning of the activity, letting them know where they are going and what time to be ready for.    

  • Extra Care Trips for people with Dementia and their carers

    We will be organising a number of short, local trips for our members who need additional support and who can’t travel long distances. Our plan is to open these trips up to people with dementia and their carers, providing a much needed break from their day-to-day routine.