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Al Hikmah Centre

Our vision is to represent the community at all levels with a mission to enhance the economic, social and spiritual, health & well being of the community in particular the community living in the IMWS catchment areas in Kirklees. We promote social cohesion / inclusion and tackle deprivation. We improve community representation and engagement with mainstream service providers and facilitate interfaith relations to promote a positive image of Muslims and work to meet the specific needs of members e.g. cultural, religious and other minorities. Our organisation has a 4 ½ Acre Site (Al-Hikmah Centre) at Batley with various conference, meeting and sports facilities. We employ approximately 14 core members of staff. We have an active volunteer management structure. We have active media communications and publish an in-house free monthly tri-lingual magazine “Paigaam” (Message) and run an online Radio Station called “Radio IMWS”

8 September 2016
Arts, Care, Communication, Health, Hospitality, Membership Organisations, Recreation, Voluntary Sector, Other
Local Alliances:
Kirklees 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 do specialist research into the needs of Muslim communities within Kirklees and beyond. We can develop, support and give practical help to BME communities, key activists, mosque leaders, groups and organisations to meet the needs of older or vulnerable people living with dementia, their carers and families.

We can focus on improving their health and wellbeing by providing stimulating and culturally sensitive local activities, including guided Health Walks, Carrom board and other memory exercises etc. The project will work with communities to support them to think about how they might set up a focus group on dementia that will provide more local services for older or vulnerable people in their community or congregation and raise general awareness of dementia.           

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

One the main challenges we encounter is people coming forward and letting us know that their relative has dementia. Unfortunately people in BME communities still feel a stigma attached to dementia however it is prevalent in everyday life. Many BME communities do not let anyone know that their parent or loved one has dementia. Funding for projects to take a more in depth look at tackling these stigmas needs to be available. Some perceptions in cultures within the different BME communities is unfounded and needs addressing.

The Al Hikmah Centre will hold regular events, workshops and conferences to bring together a group of volunteers and specialists to raise awareness.

We will create Dementia Champions within BME communities to help those dealing with the public to better able to sign post people and their carers to access help at the earliest stage.

Three  Dementia awareness conferences based at Al Hikmah Centre will be planned alongside other Dementia specialists and the Local Authority to help de-stigmatise this disease. Two events targeting BME carers and their needs will be held. One of these events will be a women only event. Service providers will be invited to hold stalls and take questions and offer support at some of the events. We will hold at least 1 women only conference so that those normally excluded can be included in this very serious matter.

Various Training will be offered to Dementia carers  including first aid and a training needs analysis will be done for carers.

Respite events will be organised for relatives and carers of people living with Dementia.

Al Hikmah Centre already houses regular training for thousands of Taxi and Private Hire drivers throughout the year. As we have over 6000 taxi drivers (a significant percentage from BME communities) in Kirklees and more regionally, specific Taxi/Private hire Driver events will be organised in conjunction with the local Taxi driver/ hackney carriage umbrella groups and taxi ranks, including the Licensing Authorities alongside Dementia specialists.

Events for parents in conjunction with local schools and the Education department in Kirklees will be planned.  

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2. Actions

  • Working in partnership with other organisations

    To create and develop new partnerships; work with key partners such as Alzheimers Society, Making Space , KDAA (Kirklees Dementia  Action Awareness), AGE UK, Kirklees Council (Community Partnerships, Education, Social Services,  Culture and Leisure), Voluntary Action Kirklees, Kirklees Health Watch, Locala , Local schools, Hospitals, Taxi/Private hire drivers associations, Domiciliary Care agencies, Womens groups, Disability Sports, Local Mosques, Local businesses, community leaders and any other appropriately identified partners to ensure delivery and success of the project. 

    Initial Scoping, Planning
  • BME Dementia support

    The project will work with a large group of individuals (approximately 100 people), including staff, volunteers, carers and service users.

    We will deliver 2 major events and set up a number of  small focus groups/ events.

    We will develop a project that will focus on how the BME community and local businesses can become more dementia friendly and provide one to one support to the community, carers,  community leaders , activists and  businesses  to enable them to take positive action and from this group develop community champions for dementia.  

  • In Depth BME research on Dementia

    In conjunction with the mainstream Dementia agencies we will work towards carrying out demographic specific research on the needs of BME community members and particularly Muslim community members.

    We will draw a group of people from the catchment area including mosque attendees, BME workers, users, carers, taxi drivers, takeaway workers, domiciliary care staff and organisations that are specialists in Dementia. It will be carried out via face to face , telephone , conference and online questionnaires. The results will be collated and an analysis report created.

    Case study, Planning