Leeds Alternative Travel
Leeds Alternative Travel is a not for profit social enterprise that provides community based transport services to vulnerable and socially excluded members of our local communities. We offer a range of transport services including accessible minibuses, MIDAS and PATS Training, DBS checks and Travel Training. Our objectives are to improve the lives of vulnerable people in our communities through provision of transport links to a wide variety of activities including, health, education, access to work, social and domestic and shopping.
- 20 April 2017
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Businesses and shops, Care, Charity, Clinical Commissioning Group, Education Sector, Faith Groups, Health, Hospitality, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Local Authorities, Recreation, Schools, Transport Sector, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Leeds 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?
We are able provide a vital, safe and reliable transport link that will ensure people with dementia and their carers can access local amenities including health and well being, shopping, social and other relevant activities. Our staff are trained to assist and support people with a range of disabilities and provide a high class safe transport service.
As a social enterprise one of our key objectives is to enhance peoples lives and improve their choices.
we work closely with a range of agencies and support groups that help to support people with a disability. we have considerable experience of partnership working on a range of support services and have provided a vital transport support network on a wide range of services.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Huge financial challenges as pressures on spending increases. However, some of these pressures bring opportunties for us to develop innovative and sustainable ways of maintaining vital sevices needed to deliver the required outcomes.
Meeting the diverse needs and experiences of clients with dementia.
Accessing services – signposting our clients and understanding referral routes.
Playing our role in enabling clients to achieve early diagnosis of dementia so that they can access a range of positive interventions.
Reductions in funding for our services whilst providing ‘added value services’.
Ensuring that the skills and knowledge that our staff learn from training supports them to work confidently with our clients.
Promotion of our services remains a priority so that we continue to share information with partner agencies and increase our understanding of best practice
Plans as an organisation to respond to these challenges
We need to better understand the needs of people living with dememtia and be able to respond to those need with appropriate services
We need to better engage with experienced agencies to improve our partnerships and be able to support them better in the work they do.
Upskill our staff on the needs of people living with dementia to ensure best pratice processes are in place to help us provide the best possible support service.