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Volunteering Kirklees

We work to make Kirklees a place where people can easily give time to make a difference to themselves and our communities.

23 August 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Voluntary 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?

We run various projects. Our volunteer centre is open to anyone who has an enquiry about volunteering. We also run a befriending scheme an assisted shopping scheme and a coffee project for people who have a visual impairment. We run some dementia reading schemes in the community and a project that helps people who are lonely and isolated. We hold several events over the year aimed at promoting volunteering. We run a range of one off projects with local community groups.

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

Volunteering Kirklees is a charity which is reliant on grant and contract funding. Staff time and resources are often stretched as we lose funding or grants come to an end. Staff roles have had to increase over the years and any change in circumstance means that staff takes on more responsibility. This can obviously cause difficulties when it comes to introducing new projects or ways of working.

2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of Dementia

    We will work towards ensuring all of our staff and volunteers have access to dementia awareness training. We will ensure that anyone who comes into contact with people who call into the Volunteer centre have had dementia awareness training to ensure we can support people who may have an enquiry about volunteering. We will ensure all volunteers working on our befriending or similar projects have access to dementia awareness training and that their line manager or supervisor can help them with any queries or questions they may have about working with people who are living with dementia. 

  • Update induction packs and handbooks

    We need to ensure we have an ongoing programme of dementia awareness training. We will incorporate this in to our induction and training programmes for all staff and volunteers. We need to have a section about working with people with dementia in our volunteering handbooks.      

  • Raise awareness of new areas of information regarding dementia

    We will introduce dementia as an agenda item onto our staff and volunteer meetings.