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Communities Who Can

Communities Who Can is the new name for Kirklees Federation of Tenants & Residents Associations (KFTRA). Our aim is to build the health, wellbeing and resilience of communities in Kirklees. We are an umbrella body for more than 80 community-led groups and around 20 community voices covering all of Kirklees. Our project workers, known as fieldworkers, each cover one of the Council’s districts (Dewsbury; Batley & Spen; Huddersfield and Kirklees Rural) and support groups as follows: Start –up Training AGM Rescue – when things go wrong We help bring people together in their own districts to network, consult and share information. We support groups to develop health and well being activities for their own communities as well as focusing on traditional housing issues such as running a tenant-led scrutiny panel and a complaints panel on behalf of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing.

30 November 2016
Yorkshire and Humber
Communication, Membership Organisations
Local Alliances:
Kirklees 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 can help to support people with dementia and their families and carers by raising awareness of dementia and the issues that affect people living with dementia and their carers. We have one of the biggest volunteer involving networks in Kirklees and we can help to provide information and awareness raising training to that network.

We communicate with our network in many different ways:

  • Face to face meetings within communities
  • Training courses and taster sessions
  • Larger membership meetings within districts
  • By letter
  • By regular telephone calls
  • By our website
  • By our mobile phone ‘app’
  • By our bi-monthly publication Home Truths

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

One of the challenges is the stigma surrounding any sort of mental health and the lack of understanding.

There is often a fear of engaging with individuals living with dementia, due to a lack of information.

2. Actions

  • Improve our organisational understanding and awareness of Dementia

    Offer Dementia Friends awareness training to staff, Management Board and volunteers as appropriate.

  • Help others to increase their understanding and awareness of Dementia

    Roll-out dementia awareness raising programme and help others to consider how they can bceome more dementia friendly and aware.

    For our organisation to have at least two trained Dementia Friends Champions enabling us offer dementia friends awareness sessions to our network of community-led groups and individual volunteers.

  • Support others to raise awareness

    Dementia Friends Champions will provide peer support to other Champions who wish to deliver awareness raising sessions, linking with the KDAA to support the delivery of the dementia friends programme and the development of Dementia Friendly Communities.