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Belle Isle Elderly Winter Aid

We are a registered charity, and part of the Neighbourhood Network for Older People in Leeds. We operate in a geographically defined area of Leeds - Belle Isle, to support older people to live independently in the community. We do this through the provision of a range of services: Gardening; Cleaning; Shopping; Befriending; Home Security; Handy Person Services; Winter Warmth Campaign. We also provide Home Visits to assess individual needs and network with other agencies to assist older people to acquire the services they need. Our 59 Centre (59 Belle Isle Circus, LS10 3DU) provides a range of activities to alleviate social isolation and loneliness. We have activities based around the following: Social Activity Groups; Arts & Crafts; Men's Group; Theatre Trips; Holidays and Outings; Seasonal Parties; Health & Wellbeing Activities.

27 July 2016
Yorkshire and Humber
Charity, Social Care, Transport Sector, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
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?

1)  We will ensure that staff receive Dementia Friendly training.

2)  Display the Dementia Friendly Logo on our literature and website.

 3) We will ensure that existing groups are Dementia Friendly through raising awareness and creating DF and welcoming environment with clear signs and run by people who are dementia friends.

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

1) We will have to relieve staff to go on the Dementia Friends training.

2) We will have to pay to re-print our leaflets with the DF logo, etc.

3) We will have to incorporate DF training for all the groups we run.  We will have to pay for DF signs around our office and the 59 Centre. 

Member website


2. Actions

  • All staff to have awareness of dementia

    We will ensure that all staff receive the dementia friends information session, including staff and/or volunteers who run our existing groups.

  • Raise public awareness of dementia friends campaign

    We will raise awareness of dementia friends by displaying the dementia friends logo on our literature (e.g. leaflets) and on our website.

  • Providing activities/groups that are dementia friendly

    We will ensure all our existing groups are dementia friendly. We will do this by raising awareness, creating dementia friends, providing a welcoming environment with clear signs, and ensuring those who run each group have attended a dementia friends information session.

  • Recruit volunteers to support people with dementia to attend groups

    We aim to assign 3-4 volunteers who will become dementia friends, and will support our members living with dementia to attend groups, with reminder phone calls and accompanying them to and from the group for 6-8 weeks.

  • Provide dementia friendly clocks for members diagnosed with dementia

    We will heavily subsidise dementia friendly clocks for our members, to make day to day life easier and reduce the cost.