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Ryedale District Council

Ryedale lies between York and the Heritage Coastline of North Yorkshire. The North York Moors form the northern border of the District and the Yorkshire Wolds the southern limit. Ryedale is a diverse and beautiful area of spectacular scenery, bustling market towns, dale and hill farms, and picturesque villages. Ryedale District Council provides services for some 52,900 residents, local businesses and the many visitors to the area. The District covers an area of 575 square miles (150,659 hectares) and is one of the seven Districts that make up North Yorkshire.

16 November 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Ryedale 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?

Ryedale District Council wants to act as an exemplar in being dementia friendly.  The Council has already committed to training as many staff and elected members as possible in dementia awareness and has now produced an action plan to develop its services even further.

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

Ryedale District Council keys challenges will be having the most appropriate resources in place to deliver certain aspects of the action plan that will require financial and staff resources.  Other key challenges will be communications and getting the right messages out to the right people.

2. Actions

  • Raising Awareness of and Improving our Understanding of Dementia

    We will arrange for key staff members with responsibility for customer facing functions to become and Dementia Friends and Dementia Friends Champions. This will enable us to ensure our staff will be Dementia Friends and additionally run dementia awareness briefings for Council Members.

  • Recognising Dementia in our Working Practices

    We will include becoming a Dementia Friend as a key component in our induction programme for new staff. We will also imbed Dementia Friendly principles in our HR policies.

  • Publicising the DAA and Dementia Friendly Communities

    We will use all our means of external communication to publicise the Dementia Friendly concept. This will include amongst others, our website, e mail signatures, letter heads, newsletters, Council Tax and Business Rates notifications, Council vehicles.