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Neighbourhood Elders Team Garforth

The Neighbourhood Elders Team (NET) - works in the 13 villages of East Leeds providing support to older people over the age of 60 and their carers. The support covers advice, assistance, social activities, befriending, one to one support, friendship groups, events, outings, annual escorted holiday, newsletters, educational and leisure activities. Always with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment for all. NET is now seeing an increase in support required for local older people with a dementia and other mental health issues and for their carers. NET has met these needs by enabling people with dementia and /or their carers to access all our activities through personal support (transport, reminders, escorts etc) but this has been dependant on the resources available. Our volunteers, many over 60 years old, support us in the delivery of all aspects of our project.

19 August 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
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?

We can provide an informal and welcoming environment where those with memory problems and their carers can socialise, make friends, support one another and exchange ideas. We also offer an outreach service for clients and their carers giving help and advice . Offering  befriending support to clients that are living alone and to give carers respite. 

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

To raise awareness of dementia sufficiently and create an environment that is both positive and caring.

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2. Actions

  • Raising the Awareness of Dementia

    We will continue working with staff, volunteers, carers and the local community to raise the awareness of dementia. Everyone will be given the opportunity to attend “Dementia Awareness” training sessions and ‘Dementia Friends’ information sessions to help highlight the conditions and give them a greater understanding.  We plan to be a dementia –friendly community where people will understand dementia, and people with dementia will feel both included and involved

    Delivery, Planning, Implementation
  • One to One Support

    Empowering clients to change their own personal circumstances through offering advice and support and signposting to appropriate agencies. Helping then make choices and have control of their day-today life.

    To continue and increase the work with clients in creating a “Life Story Book” These can be used to help develop a better understanding of someone’s needs and wishes so that care can be provided in a person-centred way. This will also be used to help understand the persons past experiences and how they coped with the changes in their life.

    Case study, Implementation, Planning, Initial Scoping, Delivery
  • Increase Activities for people living with dementia

    Introduce Yoga sessions , Wii Fit , ‘Extend’ and armchair Pilates. Trialing a new Computer Tablet programme ‘Rita’ for people with dementia at our Computer Club. Designated volunteers will offer one-to-one support.

    NET has been running reminiscence sessions with dementia groups of older people since 2008. During the last year we have also been working very successfully with Care & Repair Reminiscence Co ordinator, Karen Bentley

    Trained facilitators, both Staff and Volunteers use themed collections of museum artefacts, documents and photographs to stimulate conversation and recollection of memories by older people. We also facilitate intergenerational projects between schools and older people. We have over 6 themed boxes of objects and photographs on topics such as Fun and Games, 1950’s National Health, the Post Office ( which is out on free loan to Carers Leeds at present) Food and Sunday Best.

    The benefits of reminiscence for older people are well known. Reminiscence sessions celebrate the personal experience of the participants, help people to feel good about themselves, increase their self-esteem and make them feel valued. Reminiscence fosters mental and social stimulation, assists in the forming of friendships and combats isolation.

    To increase with musical activities that have been well received by clients with dementia. Welcoming afternoon activities including singing for people with dementia. An important way of keeping in touch with memories, and getting out, for people with dementia. An uplifting experience, led by a musical facilitator.

    Delivery, Implementation, Initial Scoping, Planning