Achieving Aspirations Community Interest Company

Achieving Aspirations CIC seeks to support individuals with learning disabilities to lead a happy and fulfilling life. We do this by; 1) Supporting our community members to identify personal goals and then to be able to take advantage of opportunities and experiences as they occur. 2) We support our community members to access lifelong learning and to take up opportunities to develop themselves and reach potentials. 3) We support our community members to develop work skills, take part in enterprise projects that may enhance their financial security and thus enable them enjoy and take advantage of all exciting opportunities that life presents.

2 February 2017
East of England
Children Young People and Students, Community organisations, Hospitality, Recreation, Social Care
Local Alliances:
Stowmarket Dementia Action Alliance , Hadleigh 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?

Achieving Aspirations operates a community cafe, based in the local park in Stowmarket, which is situated in the centre of the town. The park has been a focal point for local activities such as the carnival and remembrance day ceremony for many years. We want to develop the community cafe as a valued space by all community members, to include those who live with dementia and their carers. We want to develop the cafe as a dementia friendly environment, where customers who live with dementia and their carers know they will always be warmly welcomed and they will be comfortable. It is our ambition that the environment will be developed around the needs of those with dementia, as there are similarities with those needs to that of our core client group with learning disabilities. We hope that through links with local DAA we will be able to offer volunteering opportunities to people with dementia, so they may participate in community activities and be a valued member of the local community. In developing the community cafe as a safe space for all community members we will increase the customers to the cafe, thereby enhancing it as a meaningful work experience/enterprise opportunity for our core customer group; people with learning disabilities.

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

Achieving Aspirations works with people with learning disabilities and thus is familiar with the challenges involved in delivering the outcomes as they are similar to the aspirations we have held for people with learning disabilities for many years. A key challenge to delivering on the outcomes is educating the wider community to the needs of the individuals and to be accepting of those needs and how they might differ from their own in given situations. As a society we are making progress towards enabling people with disabilities and autism to live the lives that they want, we believe that those living with dementia should be enabled to live their lives in their local community and afforded the same rights and respect that we are beginning to offer other marginalised groups.

2. Actions

  • To create and environment at the cafe on the Rec that people living with Dementia feel confident and comfortable in.

    To work in collaboration with local DAA to identify furnishings suitable for the cafe environment.

    To secure/raise funds to appropriately furnish the cafe.

    To purchase and refurbish cafe.

  • To establish a regular event for those people living with dementia and their carers.

    To work in collaborations with local DAA to host a regular event at the cafe for people living with dementia and their carers .

  • To offer volunteer opportunities at the community cafe.

    There are many volunteer activities at the cafe and we would welcome support from all members of the community. Staff employed to work at the cafe need to be trained to support people living with dementia to work alongside them. The cafe environment needs to be developed to safely offer volunteering experiences. To work in collaborations with local DAA to support volunteering opportunities.


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