Bilfinger GVA is a specialist multi-disciplinary property and planning consultancy with 1,500 staff and 11 offices in the UK. We provide a full range of property related services to clients in all sectors, and we are committed to providing our clients with innovative, strategic solutions, focused on helping them achieve their business objectives.
- 18 April 2019
- Businesses and shops, Education Sector, Faith Groups, Finance, Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Legal, Letting, Local Authorities, Retail, Social Care
- Local Alliances:
- Pan-London 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?
Bilfinger GVA are a specialist property advisor. As consultants we advise on a broad aspect of property used by members of the public each day. Leveraging our expertise we are well placed to support the creation of better buildings and places for people with dementia and their carers.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Our staff are very engaged with our corporate charity partners, one of which is the Alzheimers Society. Finding suitable opportunities to leverage our skills to support dementia is a challenge. Our teams are engaged but we are unaware of the opportunities which we can help make a difference.
Introduce Dementia Connect to the Bilfinger GVA intranet
The tool provides a comprehensive and easy to use online service directory for anyone affected by dementia. Service providers can list their services there and for businesses they provide a Dementia Connect widget that can be downloaded to company websites (in our case LiveTalk). This would mean staff, once made aware of it, can go directly there rather than having to search on-line.
Creation of Dementia Friendly Buildings
As property managers we look after a wide range of buildings used by members of the public each day.
During World Green Building Week (19th -23rd September 2016) we asked all our Facilities Managers to complete the "Dementia Friendly Physical Environments Checklist". We are now taking action to improve certain properties.
Next steps will be to provide bespoke dementia friendly design and dementia friend training to key staff.
- Being implemented
2016 - Fourth Quarter Update
Delivery a successs fundraising and awareness campaign during Dementia Awareness Week
During Dementia Awareness Week (15-19 May) with our launching an internal fundraising and awareness campaign.
To engage as many members of staff in the campaign as we can, we are going to ask everybody to dress down in blue (the Alzheimer’s Society’s corporate colour) on Friday 19 May to show their support, and pay a £2 donation for doing so. We will also be using our intranet to highlight to staff how applying the principles of good design can create inclusive environments to help people with dementia and other cognitive impairments.
In the London office we are also planning to hold some fundraising events in our Client Hub during the week, including a memory game and cycling competition, as well as a lunch and learn session run by the Centre for Accessible Environments.