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Greenmount Village Community Group

Greenmount Village Community brings together local people who have a desire to make Greenmount an even better place in which to live, to visit or do business. It is an informal, friendly group, which meets every month to discuss and generate improvement ideas and to then action them.

20 October 2016
North West
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Bury 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 wish to improve the life of people in our village and therefore we have role to play in enabling people with dementia to live in an enabling and supportive environment where they feel valued and understood and have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life.

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

Reaching the whole community can be challenging, but experience has shown that those who require help very often do not know where to turn to, so we can provide the umbrella to help them get started.

Therefore our challenge is reaching out and providing the training, the knowledge and the love that is required to support those in our community who need help.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friendly Garden

    Introduce a Dementia Friendly Garden with an array of Forget Me Nots. There is a nature reserve in our village called Greenmount Sidings (BL8 4DS) at the entrance to the Kirklees Valley. At this entrance there is a bench looking down the valley and at the end of September '15 we dug a small bed and sowed Forget Me Not and blue Cornflower seeds as a reminder of when we joined this movement.

  • Drop-in Centre

    Initially, the Group was working with one of our local employers to use their canteen/café area as a drop in on regular intervals for people living with Dementia in the community and wider field.  However greater things have happened.  In May 2016 D-CaFF was launched on premises providing off road parking, easy access, disabled facilities all on one level and on the local bus route. 

    D-CaFF is a lovely place to meet for people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends.  Monthly cafes are held on the second Friday of every month at 1:15pm - 3:15pm at Greenmount Cricket Club.  The cafe has been sustained by the overwhelming generosity and support -both physically and financially - of our community and surrounding areas.

    Actions for 2016/2017 completed/ongoing for D-CaFF are as follows:

    Within six cafes, D-CaFF has raised awareness and funding for Dementia Research by sponsoring a local runner who has raised over £2000 so far.

    The cafe is very well attended - on average each month there are approximately fifty to sixty people in attendance, with our August Cafe attracting over eighty people!  We even have people travelling outside of the Village to attend.

    We have also made great links with our local GP's surgery including the GP Dementia Lead, Practice Manager and Medical Centre Receptionist with responsibilities for people living with dementia registered within the medical centre who will also be attending the cafe on a regular basis.

    Other links have been made with Bury Carers Centre, Alzhiemer's Society, Beeches Care Home (Dementia Specialist), Bury DAA and various volunteers/carers whose lives have been affected by and/or have experience of dementia in the role of partner/sibling/parent/child.  These people are known at our cafe as 'Friendly Faces', and have proved a popular source of support for those people attending.  We are also active in signposting and have two tables at every cafe that display leaflets and information offering support and advice to people across a wide variety of local and National services/agencies.

    Within our volunteer group, we have a number of Dementia Champions who promote and recruit Dementia Friends and offer awareness sessions.  So far this has included, Skipton Building Society staff, Teachers and pupils at local Primary and Secondary Schools, Brownies, Guides, Tottington Townswomens Guild and Villagers.

    The D-CaFF lead and DAA Vice Chair Bury have also raised awareness and funds by attending two local Rotary Club Dinners as Guest Speakers on the subject of D-CaFF.  Rotary Club members have also agreed to support/attend our cafes on an on-going basis.

    All dietary requirements are met and we also offer transport arranged on request both to and from D-CaFF.

    All our D-CaFF's have a themed approach, with activities varying from reminiscence, music, dance, singing, quizzes/games, exercise, but most of all the focus is on fun, friendship, love and laughter. 

    Following on from the success of our August Cafe themed "Climb aboard the Blackpool Belle", a proposed all expenses day trip to Southport Royal Clifton Villa Hotel (A fellow Alliance member) is currently in the preparation stage for Spring next year - lunch or afternoon tea and activities yet to be decided.

    We have received great support from local organisations in terms of promoting D-CaFF, including Pooles Produce(Local Greengrocers), The Co-op, The Chemist, Greenmount Village Primary School, the Church Community where we have very strong links - attending cafes, raising awareness and funds - brownies and guides, the Village Pub and neighbouring Villages support has also been generous - Tottington, Ramsbottom and Bury Town.

    One of our Volunteers also produces the 'D-CaFF Daily', a one page paper highlighting all news and events that have taken place on that same date throughout history. This is helps to create discussion and opportunities for reminiscence.

    The D-CaFF has also been provided with Twiddlemuffs knitted by Tottington Townswomen Guild are available at the D-CaFF and a number have also been donated to the Beeches Care Home.

    Our 90 year old volunteer has also knitted poppies which were for sale raising a considerable sum of money to pay for a wreath to be presented to the Village Church in a Rememberance Day Service by D-CaFF members.

    The leader of the cafe plus one volunteer have completed a first aid course.  The leader has also completed, Dementia Champions Training, Safeguarding Adults and Children (Full Day), Virtual Dementia Tour (Half Day), Dementia Awareness Training (Full Day), Storybox Training (Half Day), Health and Safety (Full Day), Dementia Awareness and Circle Dancing Taster (Half Day) with plans to attend the full course training in place with a view to carrying out sessions at our cafes, Epilepsy Awareness (Half Day), Personal Hygiene (Half Day). 

    In addition, our D-CaFF leader also works in partnership with the Jewish Federation and ADAB: Support for  people from black, asian and minority ethnic communities .

    The Leader and another volunteer are also attending two Vascular Dementia Awareness Sessions.

    We have approximately 25 regular volunteers and a further 15 'Friends' of the D-CaFF with more people joining us all the time!

    We are very proud to have our very own PAT (Pets as therapy) dog.  Molly joined us in July and proved a huge success.  Both Molly and her owners visit local care homes/establishments on a regular basis.

    A local Graphics student designed our D-CaFF logo as part of his portfolio preparation.  This logo is recognised both locally and further afield and is used in all forms of communication including our flyers, posters, roller banner, a-frame, web page and Facebook page.  This provides continuity and reassurance for our members.  It is worth stating that our cafes have also grown through word of mouth, due to their popularity. 

    We are delighted to have raised funds to sustain our Cafes for 2017!

    The D-CaFF has been nominated in the category for Dementia Friendly Community Of The Year Award; Rural. There were 400 applicants in total and the D-CaFF is one of three finalists for the awards. 

    Being implemented
  • Dementia Awareness Week

    We are planning on running a Dementia Awareness Week with activities throughout the village supporting the idea of helping those with Dementia in May 2016.

  • Working with schools

    Work with the Primary School in the village to make them aware of the ways we can learn to accept the challenges associated with the illness

    Being implemented
  • Working with Greater Manchester Police Bury Division

    Liaise with our local Police force to make them appreciate what we and they should do to assist people in our village. Our local PSCO's attend the D-CaFF on a regular basis, offering support to members where required.
    Being implemented
  • Supporting Greenmount Cooperative

    Support the local Cooperative shop who are providing support within our community

    Being implemented
  • Dementia Awareness Sessions

    Provide a course of awareness sessions to enable those who wish to have a greater appreciation of what we can ALL do

    Dementia Friends sessions were delivered by a number of local Dementia Champions throughout Forget-Me-Not week and continue to be delivered to all members/groups within our community and further afield.

    Our initial target was to create one hundred dementia friends in our community within a twelve month period.  However we have smashed this target and have created over 500 dementia friends locally, with our very own D-CaFF leader having created the majority of this number - a personal best of 493, achieved via delivery of the dementia friends session to local community groups, organisations and schools.

    Being implemented