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Hope Community Church Aintree (The Hope Centre)

The Hope Centre houses a variety of activities per week which cater to all ages and draws attendance from many living in Aintree and surrounding areas. A number of organisations, such as the Stroke Association, Alzheimer’s Society and the MS Society are providing regular sessions for the general public and clients alike. Also, a number of volunteers from Hope Community Church Aintree run Café Hope (an in-house coffee shop) three days a week as well as two Parent & Tots sessions for families in the area. Furthermore, several smaller groups from both the community and within the church regularly use the Centre during the week to run their activities, i.e. Knit & Natter, Iconic Dance Academy (children’s dance group), Maghull & District Foodbank (part of The Trussell Trust) to name a few. The Centre’s footfall per week is approximately 500 people, which does not include Sunday church services. The Hope Centre’s aim is to support and develop activities and courses which will improve physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. It has become a bridge to link people and services together, and is increasingly being used to help deliver services to a wide range of people. A high proportion of service users are elderly, and the Centre is playing a very important role in creating a community space where the elderly can gather and have social interaction.

Updated:
15 August 2017
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Community organisations, Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Sefton DAA

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?

The Hope Centre’s aim is to provide a friendly and accessible environment for people within the local community to gain access to resources and the services they need to improve their well-being. 

We have partnered with organisations, such as the Alzheimer’s Society, to provide a weekly reading group for people with dementia and carers, and the Centre is regularly used to train their volunteer staff.  We hope to add more sessions to deliver training/awareness to the general public about dementia as well as provide other activities that will provide support to people with dementia as well as their carers and/or families. 

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

The Hope Centre is used by many groups during the week who have members with health concerns.  We want our Centre to be dementia friendly and to be well informed about this health condition and how we can better support people (and their families) with this disease. More understanding is needed, and we want to be able to signpost people to appropriate resources. 

 

Member website

www.oldroanbaptist.org

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends

    We will hold a Dementia Friends session for our volunteers to help us ensure dementia awareness is consistent. We will review this regularly. 

    Status:
    Completed

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    October 2016 - New member 

  • Making The Hope Centre more dementia friendly

    We are looking at the physical layout of the building and how we can make it more accessible/friendly to people with dementia when they visit. 

    Status:
    Planning

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    October 2016 - New member 

  • Raising awareness of dementia in the local community

    Offering regular sessions to raise awareness/information/advice for people who are affected by dementia – either individuals with dementia, their families, carers.

     

     

    Action Description

    This is where you go into more detail about the Action.

    We are working with Alzheimer’s Society to host information and training events for people in the local community.

    We will offer regular sessions to raise awareness and offer information/advice for people who are affected by dementia – including  individuals with dementia, their families, carers and general public. 


     

     

     

     

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    October 2016 - New member