Leeds Community Foundation
Hundreds of charities and voluntary organisations across the city make a difference to thousands of people every day. You may not have heard of them and they don’t have big teams to raise funds or advise them. Leeds Community Foundation helps these organisations help people in their communities. It does this in big ways, like funding new community centres, or in little ways, with smaller grants and advice. Since 2005, we have distributed over £25 million in grants to over 3,500 community projects, who in turn have helped over 200,000 local people.
- 26 October 2015
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Local Alliances:
- Leeds 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?
Supporting local community needs and local people has always been at the heart of our work. Since 2005 we have funded a number of projects that support people living with dementia. One of these projects included the Care & Repair Reminiscence Library which has provided vital support to families and carers.
Over the past 2 years we have produced a series of ‘Needs in Leeds’ research papers to identify the key areas which need to be addressed in the city. As part of this series we produced a paper on the needs of local older people. A key issue identified was the growing number of older people living with dementia.
This paper was not only used by Leeds Older People’s Forum to assist with their Big Lottery Fulfilling Lives bid but has also be used as the basis for raising awareness of the issues faced by the ageing population such as dementia.
More recently we hosted a ‘Voice of Leeds’ round table discussion in partnership with the Yorkshire Evening Post to discuss how the city could come together to further promote dementia and get more businesses and local people involved. The event generated 2 pieces of coverage including an interview with a local couple living with dementia and a call out for support from local people to support the Dementia Action Alliance.
We hope through our knowledge of community needs, partnerships with the third, private and public sector we can continue to champion raise awareness of the issue and raise investment to support people with dementia.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We are delivering a lot of activity to generate awareness in this area. However, due to a small staff team, low resource and capacity we have not linked this activity to the wider dementia friendly Leeds message. As we have not currently had any dementia training there is a lack of knowledge across the full staff team in this area and we have not had the time to visit all the community projects we support who work to support people with dementia
Improve our understanding of Dementia
We have already approached Nicky Taylor at the West Yorkshire Playhouse to come and do a training session with the full team.
Continue to raise awareness of dementia to our supporters
We will continue to raise awareness of dementia and the community groups that work to support local people by providing relevant information for our supporters and potential supporters.
Ensure our trustees and wider volunteers understand more about dementia
Using the training the staff have received, we will ensure dementia is on the agenda at a forthcoming sub-committee and board meeting.