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Alsager Partnership

The Partnership aims to make Alsager a chosen destination to visit, live, work and spend leisure time. It will offer a diverse and safe environment, with a strong sense of place, having a vibrant and growing local economy offering business opportunities and employment. The town will be a centre for culture, health and wellbeing, creativity and learning as well as socialising. The Partnership works to achieve this vision via a wide range of events and projects. Members belong to a Forum based largely on voluntary organisations and individuals who share the Partnership’s aims. The Management Team are elected from this body. Council and Youth representatives are appointed. We are funded by Council grants. Many of our events are family focussed and bring in trade from the surrounding area. We support fledgling groups through the process of becoming constituted and self-funded. Our efforts help to build a strong sense of community.

Updated:
11 July 2018
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Membership Organisations
Local Alliances:
Cheshire East 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?

Our aim is to enable local people living with dementia and their carers enjoy the amenities and services of our town.  Through the Partnership, we will bring together voluntary organisations, business representatives, health services, churches, local services with those living with dementia and their carers to assess how Alsager can become a dementia friendly community.

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

As a Partnership, communicating our project aims and gaining community support will be a challenge.  We will need to assess our current understanding of dementia and how we can support those in our community to continue to live well with dementia.  As an organisation funded through Council grants, suitable financial support is an ongoing challenge.

2. Actions

  • To improve understanding of Dementia within Alsager

    We will assess what type of support and services would work well in Alsager for those living with dementia and their carers.  This could be done via a survey and/or working with a small group living with dementia and their carers to look at how best they can be supported to continue to live well in Alsager.

    We have introduced a monthly Memory Cafe in Alsager Library on the last Friday of the month 10.30 am -12 noon,which Cheshire Arts for Health attend. We have an information point and visiting professionals who mingle with our customers.There is no charge for this event.

    On Wednesday 19th July, we are opening A Chance to Dance at Alsager Community Church Hall 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm and every third Wednesday thereafter.Charge of £2.50 per person. 

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Work continues as above. 12 safe places established. Others to be approached next year .

    Almost 200 DFs registered 

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Memory Cafe is about to open for it's third session

    Chance to Dance will operate from next month

    We have created over 100 dementia friends since January 2017

    We are progressing a network of Safe Havens among the retailers and services of Alsager

    Work continues as above. 12 safe places established. Others to be approached next year 

  • Hold regular Dementia Friends sessions

    We will aim to run regular Dementia Friends sessions across Alsager, looking to cover a wide range of individuals, organisations and harder to reach groups. 

    We continue to hold monthly sessions and visit organisations as requested. This year are main target is schools in the area 

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2018 - Third Quarter Update

    We continue to hold monthly sessions and visit organisations as requested. This year are main target is schools in the area.

    We are embarking on the Connected Communities Strategy which may provide opportunities to reach a particular estate, which has proved hard to reach.

     

    All the schools in Alsager have been visited and the pupils are now Dementia Friends, with the exception of Year 12, who will become DFs in January 2019.(They were doing GCSEs when the other sessions were held.
  • Increase the number of Dementia Champions

    We will aim to have an increased number of Dementia Champions to ensure we have the ability to run a sustainable number of Dementia Friends sessions across

    Status:
    Delivered

    2018 - First Quarter Update

    Our five DF Champions are currently working across the town and schools.

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We have 5 DF Champions registered in the town and a number we can call on in the Cheshire East area.

  • Investigate dementia friendly activities and opportunities across Alsager

    We will investigate how we can work on developing activities that will bring those living with dementia and their carers into a more inclusive way within Alsager. We have set up a Dementia Steering Group as part of the Partnership and this will include the Town Council, Fire Service, Churches (others).  Initial ideas include recording memories for reminiscence activities, ideally involving schools, working with U3A, looking at funding opportunities for new groups, possible links with sporting activities through Cheshire Football Association and other innovative ideas that will meet the needs of Alsager.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2018 - First Quarter Update

    Sway project with Alsager School ongoing. Memory boxes in progress,recordings via Library project.Seeking funding for BAT table tennis therapy table.

    We are exploring ways of linking the memory recordings with Age UK , the library and another recording memories contact from the End of Life Partnership