Springhead Park Golf Club - Groundwork Hull & East Riding
Springhead Golf Club, based in West Hull is a community-based golf club that aims to be at the forefront of developing golf for all in the local area and is run by our environmental charity, Groundwork. Our vision is to see a society of sustainable communities which are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise prosper. We’re passionate about changing places and changing lives and we won’t stop working until everywhere is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and everyone can reach their potential. The Groundwork approach remains the same now as we when we first rolled up our sleeves in the 1980s: Start local Put the right tools in people’s hands Engage with everyone who has a stake in a place Address as many issues as possible with the same investment.
- 10 August 2015
- Health, Hospitality, Recreation, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- East Riding 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?
Springhead Golf Club (Groundwork) can offer activities tailored for people with dementia and their carers, connecting people with their community and environment in order to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We have a committed and passionate workforce, which includes a large number of volunteers from diverse backgrounds and age groups.
Both locally and regionally (and nationally for Groundwork) we deliver services that combine 1-2-1 advice, support and guidance with improvements in local areas that enhance people’s experience of their community and provide environments that support better outcomes for people’s physical and mental wellbeing.
- Model good practice to partners and communities in promoting the care and wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers
- Help to access the most appropriate services through access to information and advice
- Be part of the local and national initiative to create a dementia friendly community, by becoming a dementia friendly organisation
- Participate and contribute to local and regional events and initiatives around Dementia
- Ensure our services take account of the specific needs of those with dementia and their carers and are inclusive and welcoming.
- Ensure community and environmental development and activities include and promote the needs of people with dementia and their carers
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
- Staff, volunteer’s and community’s understanding of dementia
- Ensuring that the dementia agenda is built into our day to day activity
- Including planning for dementia friendly solutions in the built environment
- Reaching as many people as possible
- Effectively identifying both people with dementia and their carers – creating a ‘safe’ place for disclosure as well as ensuring staff are able to identify those people who are undiagnosed
- Limited financial resources
Improve awareness and understanding of dementia
Ensure access to training for staff, volunteers and service users in order to provide services that are accessible and inclusive
One of our staff has received a Dementia Friends session delivered by the Alzheimer’s Society, and we would like to have more of our staff and volunteers attending a session.
We will look at resources available online to increase our dementia awareness, such as the Alzheimer’s Society dementia guide and factsheets, the Dementia Action Alliance resources, and the Scie e learning dementia modules.
- Planning, Being implemented
Ensure leadership to embed the Dementia agenda
We will appoint a Dementia Champion, Karen Tozer, to enable oversight and development of actions. This will provide an effective link for information, guidance and to ensure the action plan is implemented and reviewed.
Support the development of environments where dementia friendly design is incorporated
Actively seek out partnerships where we can contribute to the design of dementia friendly communities and environments and share our expertise in that area with others (i.e. housing, community groups, care homes, etc.)
Our golf club house requires extensive refurbishment to enable it to become DDA compliant and we would like to make our club house dementia friendly. We will liaise with the Dementia Action Alliance and the Alzheimer’s Society for advice as to how are premises can be dementia friendly.
Dementia Friendly Projects
We have a number of ideas for dementia friendly projects that we would like to set up at Springhead Park Golf Club:
- Golf buddies project – people, including those with dementia, who don’t feel able to play golf on their own will be able to buddy up with one of our volunteers to play golf.
- Yoga and tai chi – we would like to set up a relaxing and health beneficial class for people of all abilities and want to include people with dementia and their carers.
- Bowls club – we have a DDA compliant bowls club house facilities.
- Bike Library – we would like to lend out bikes to people to use.
- Men in Sheds – men’s group, including men with dementia.
Publicity and Awareness Raising
We will publicise the work of the DAA and local dementia charities, and will attend DAA events when we are able to.
We would be willing to organise a Dementia Awareness Golf Day where we would raise awareness of dementia and fundraise for a dementia charity, such as the Alzheimer’s Society.