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North Yorkshire Sport Ltd

North Yorkshire Sport was founded in 1999 as a County Sports Partnership (CSP) covering the 7 District Authorities of Harrogate, Ryedale, Selby, Scarborough, Hambleton, Craven and Richmondshire, North Yorkshire County Council and the Unitary Authority of City of York Council. Our overall aims as an organisation are to promote and encourage increased participation in Sport & Active Recreation, whether as a participant, volunteer or coach, supporting the sports infrastructure (clubs / facilities / voluntary sector) and to create meaningful and lasting partnerships with a range of key partners interested in sport and the health & wellbeing of North Yorkshire residents.

24 September 2018
Yorkshire and Humber
Charity, Health, Local Authorities, Recreation, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, York Dementia Action Alliance, Harrogate and Rural District Dementia Action Alliance, Scarborough Dementia Action Alliance, Hambleton Dementia Action Alliance, Settle Dementia Action Alliance, Whitby DAA Collaborative, Ryedale Dementia Action Alliance, Richmondshire 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?

North Yorkshire Sport and the North Yorkshire County Council, Stronger Communities team have developed a programme called ‘Club as the Hub.’ The demographic profile and geography of the county has highlighted an aging population within a heavily rural landscape. These factors can potentially lead to concerns of loneliness and isolation for residents. The ‘Club as the Hub’ programme will work with one ‘Hub’ sport club in each district per year and support them to become aware of the needs and requirements of their aging members and potential members. The programme will look at specific considerations clubs should be aware of to ensure they are accessible to the whole of their local community. This may include training and support to deliver accessible / adapted sports, dementia and bereavement awareness etc. Generic sport development support will also be provided to make the club a focal point for best practise delivery and a knowledge hub for other local clubs.

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

NYS has worked with 8 clubs to be their respective districts 'Club as the Hub'. There has been a varying level of support required with the minimum being a Dementia Friends workshop and recommendation for the club to register with their local DAA. Identified support has included Sporting Memories tutor training, trips and falls awareness, Warm and Well fuel poverty considerations and generic sport development support with coaching, volunteering and club development needs. NYS is establishing new relationships with appropriate organisations to jointly promote the benefits and accessibility of sport and physical activity for older people.

2. Actions

  • Club as the Hub

    The whole club including head coach, staff, volunteers and members will be supported with recommended and identified training such as:

    Specific support to develop their role within the community and be aware of health and well-being issues of older people, dementia and bereavement and any other issues which may be affecting their members and potential new members.

    Brokered relationships with non-traditional partners to highlight the clubs commitment to cater for the whole community and to promote the club as a venue for their service users, associates and customers.

    Access to sport specific or generic disability/inclusion awareness training.

    General sport development support including club development, coach and volunteer CPD, marketing and promotion, funding advice etc.

    Being implemented