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Folkestone Sports Centre

Folkestone Sports Centre Trust (registered charity no. 308189), exists to provide affordable sports, leisure and well-being activities to the community. We cater for all abilities, from grass-roots beginners to high-level, elite sports and the whole range in between. We offer a wide variety of sports and fitness activities including swimming and water polo, footgolf, snow sports on our dry slope, racquet sports, volley/basketball, 5-a side and walking football, gymnastics, trampolining, fencing and archery, a diverse range of fitness classes in our two studios; and have two gyms. We also serve a growing number of people with disabilities. Currently our Community Room serves as a daily hub for 30 people with learning disabilities (many with physical disabilities too) and we offer an increasing number of activities for these centre users, including use of a well-equipped sensory room.

20 August 2016
South East
Charity, Health, Other, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Shepway 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 striving to make our sports facility as inclusive as possible, accessible to all members of the community, regardless of gender, age, disability, social group or religion; to promote physical activity and social inclusion.

We will actively promote activities for people living with dementia, and their carers and families, to encourage them all to benefit from the facilities we offer, enabling them to continue with sport, leisure and well-being pursuits in an understanding and sympathetic environment.

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

Our challenges include: 

the need to educate our staff to improve the understanding of this range of conditions;

identifying opportunities to reach out to people living with dementia, their carers and families;

ensuring that the physical structure of our facility is as dementia-friendly as possible

2. Actions

  • Staff training

    We will promote understanding of dementia by holding Dementia Friends training sessions (delivered by an outside agency) and encouraging staff members to attend. Initally targetting those who are involved with Rosie's Moments (facilitating sports activities or serving refreshments), we will also extend to poolside, gym and Toning Studio staff.

  • Have our own Dementia Champion

    We will support one of our staff to become a Dementia Champion to facilitate the training of our staff in future Dementia Friends sessions

  • Promote our dementia-friendly activities to other agencies and increase their number.

    We will continue to seek opportunities to go out into the community to speak to other groups about the activities we offer to people living with dementia and their carers and will work with other agencies to this effect. Feedback from our participants at our fortnightly memory café, Rosie's Moments, has shown that the physical activities and sports played by the group have been well-received, and we will offer one of these each time the group meets, eg kurling, Boccia, table tennis, bowls etc . We are planning to increase the frequency of this social and activity group to weekly sessions by the end of 2016. We are also considering other appropriate opportunities to encourage people living with dementia to remain physically and socially active.

    Being implemented