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At Groundwork we are passionate about changing places and changing lives and we won’t stop working until everywhere is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and everyone can reach their potential. That’s why we’ve worked for over 25 years where we’re needed most – on the ground in communities across Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees, delivering hundreds of projects each year. Helping people out of fuel poverty. Bringing out the best in young people by helping them to improve their local area. Building stronger communities by improving green spaces. The Groundwork approach remains the same now as we when we first rolled up our sleeves in the 1980s: Start local, Put the right tools in people’s hands, Engage with everyone who has a stake in a place, and Address as many issues as possible with the same investment.

17 October 2016
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Kirklees 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 provide opportunities and support for people with dementia and their families/carers to access the natural environment on a regular basis, initially through regular walking groups across Kirklees.  Everyday activities such as walking can have a significant positive impact on the wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers. 

Sessions will be developed with those that attend to meet their needs and aspirations. Staff will provide support to enable people to access local parks and woodlands and to meet other people with dementia from across Kirklees. The sessions will provide a safe and supportive network for people either with dementia or those caring for them.        

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

As a charity we are reliant on funding to deliver activities and the availability of suitable funding will ultimately limit our ability to provide activities suitable for people with dementia, their family/carers in the future.  As much as possible we will work with local volunteers to access suitable training so that sessions may continue beyond the lifetime of any current funding. 

The need to ensure staff & volunteers are suitably trained and supported to ensure our sessions meet the needs of those involved.

Reaching as many people as possible, this includes effectively being able to identify people with dementia & the carers and signposting them to our services.

2. Actions

  • Raise awareness and understanding of Dementia

    Staff and volunteers, especially those with delivery responsibility, will attend awareness sessions on dementia to ensure they have a greater understanding of the condition and how to apply this to session development & delivery.  Through activity in public spaces we hope to generally raise public awareness and challenge the stigma attached to Dementia.

  • Improve the lives of people living with Dementia

    We will use the natural environment to provide an opportunity to exercise both the mind and body on a regular basis.  We will develop sessions with attendees and hope to provide suitable and supported access to local parks and woodlands across Kirklees.

  • Reaching people with dementia & their family/carers

    We will work with local agencies across Kirklees who have direct contact with those living with dementia & their carers, family and friends and provide suitable publicity material to engage people with the sessions.

    Being part of the Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance will enable us to access networking opportunities and events that support those living with dementia and their carers.