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Equity Partnership

The Equity Partnership supports Bradford’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities in a variety of ways. We play an active role in developing our LGB&T communities by supporting existing groups and helping new ones to start through our community development work. We run the quarterly Bradford LGB&T Network, where groups and individuals come together to network and discuss issues. We support LGB&T groups and individuals to have a say in the decisions taken by agencies which affect our lives. We work in partnership with other voluntary and statutory agencies to ensure that local services are appropriate to the needs of LGB&T people. Our training programme is geared towards giving organisations the knowledge and tools to combat homophobia and create LGB&T friendly workplaces and services. The Equity Centre provides a relaxed meeting space for groups, a fully-equipped training resource and a venue for events, right in the centre of Bradford and news bulletins and email updates keep our supporters up to date with the latest news and events.

Updated:
7 October 2015
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Bradford District 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?

As an organisation, we believe in a fair and equal society where all lesbian, gay and bisexual people can achieve their full potential, including LGB&T people with dementia and their carers. As such we see our role as part of the Alliance as two-fold:

We provide individuals with dementia who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual a space in which they can openly access services in their identified sexual orientation, therefore enabling choices to be made by the individual and their carer about accessing specific support (with both being able to access the support we provide). We also enable  people being involved in other community groups and as we provide opportunities for engagement and involvement in and with LGB&T communities.

We contribute to greater dementia awareness and the reduction of stigma within lesbian, gay and bisexual communities.

 

 

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

We are an organisation that provides general support to people who identify as LGB&T; dementia is not always well understood by staff and volunteers delivering services and supporting groups. Improving awareness, knowledge and understanding would enable us to better support individuals living with dementia and their carers.

In addition, sexual orientation is often something that becomes lost in the care package for people living with dementia, and their carers; Raising awareness of other issues affecting LGB&T people increases equality of service for LGB&T people.

2. Actions

  • Awareness Raising

         Raise awareness of Dementia amongst staff, group leaders and group members by increasing numbers of Dementia Friends/ Champions to create Dementia Friends.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Provision of information

    Ensure that customer facing staff are aware of symptoms of dementia and have strategies to help. Provide copies of :-

       How to help people with dementia: A guide for customer-facing staff

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Dementia Friendly Signage

    Description: Create and display dementia friendly signage on our premises.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Dementia Friendly Displays

     

    Description: Ensure that content and design of Display/ notice boards are Dementia Friendly.

     

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Dementia Friendly Information relevant to LGBT groups

     

    Description: Ensure that there is sufficient stock of Dementia information and booklets, including the LGBT specific guide.

     

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Member