Active Devon: is a not for profit organisation, that operates across Devon. We create, promote and develop opportunities for people, of all ages, to lead an active lifestyle. Our Vision: Everyone in Devon active for life. How Active Devon operates: Active Devon is the body that is recognised as the County Sports Partnership (CSP) in Devon. We are one of a network of 44 CSP's in England (there is an organisation, like us, in every county in England). Each of the CSPs are supported by Sport England, the government agency responsible for the nation's participation in activity and sport. In Devon, nearly half of all people are not active enough for good health. This is similar to the national statistics. Active Devon is focussed on supporting the 43% of the population not currently reaching the Chief Medical Officer's (CMO's) recommended weekly amount of physical activity , to enable them to do so. Much of our work is about bringing organisations together to develop and promote projects that support people to become active in their local communities. Examples of this are: 'Walking for Health': a health walk group set up from a local GP practice for people with restricted mobility. Or 'Active Mums': working with Children's centres and local Primary Schools to support mums to become leaders of and participants in, informal activity groups. There are inequalities in those who are accessing regular activity. Our work aims to support those who find it harder to be regularly active e.g. women and girls, disabled people, BME groups, those who are isolated-this is not an exhaustive list. Why is our work important: Leading a regular active lifestyle has many hugely positive impacts for people's physical and psychological wellbeing. There is compelling evidence demonstrating that leading an active lifestyle can reduce the likelihood of acquiring the most significant long term health conditions by up to 50%. Alongside individual benefits are the community and population level impacts-bringing communities together, creating safe, inclusive communities and effecting positive economic impact.
- 4 April 2017
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?
Leading an active lifestyle has now been evidenced as one of the lifestyle choices that can reduce the risk of acquiring dementia.
Activity can also play an important role for people living well with dementia and their carers such as walking, dancing and bowls. Enabling people to enjoy a vibrant and active participation in community life, should they wish.
Due to the extensive network we support and the influence that Active Devon has, we recognise the unique position we have to bring people , organisations and activity providers together to collectively create and develop more inclusive community based activities for older people. With this in mind, we have three areas to focus on within our Dementia Action Plan:
1. RAISING AWARENESS of the importance of leading an active lifestyle, especially for people in the 'midlife' 40s and 50s age group, for reducing the risk of dementia and other long term conditions. Secondly, raising awareness that staying active can support people to live well with dementia, especially when done in a fun, social environment. Off the back of the awareness raising we will collectively promote and signpost to existing activity opportunities.
2. UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING to the needs of people within Plymouth and Devon, including any significant gaps in activity provision or any major barriers to leading an active lifestyle. This may lead to the creation of new provision that is aimed at older people, people living well with dementia and their carers.
3. EDUCATING OUR NETWORK AND ADVOCATING for more community activity clubs and leisure providers to become dementia friendly and improve their offer for older people, people living with dementia and their carers.
These priorities are outward facing-this is because much of our work is out in the community and through the network of providers of activity . Internally, the whole staff team have attended a dementia friends awareness session. Several staff members are already involved in pilot projects for older people and/or those with dementia.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We understand our challenges to be:
People are not active enough for good health, coupled with a complex matrix of inequalities. Raising awareness of an active lifestyle and its contribution to a reduced risk of acquiring dementia needs to be undertaken in a compelling, ethical and effective way. If there are gaps and a need to enhance current provision or create new inclusive community activity groups-this will need to be undertaken with input and commitment from other organisations. We will need to ensure there are willing partners that share our vision. This may require resource to implement, so investment will be a challenge that we'll tackle collectively. Once again, this will rely on other organisations to commit to creating dementia friendly environments. We'll need to be clear on why this is a priority and why its a positive action to take.
Raising awareness of the importance of leading an active lifestyle, especially for people in the 'midlife' 40s and 50s age group and secondly, raising awareness that staying active can support people to live well with dementia
We will raise awareness of the importance of leading an active lifestyle for reducing the risk of dementia and other long term conditions (especially for people in their midlife) and that staying active can support people to live well with dementia via:
Campaigning and communication channels-digital, events and opportunities to communicate with the public.
We will use all our channels of communication including digital media to promote our activities and those of our partners. We will engage in local campaigning to publicise the benefits of being physically active and signpost anyone interested to a local opportunity.
- Being implemented
Understand and respond to the needs of people within Plymouth & Devon inclusing significant gaps in provision or barriers to leading an active lifestyle which may lead to new provision for older people, people living well with dementia and their carers.
This will mean undertaking a mapping exercise of the current provision within the area. Secondly, undertaking consultation with local organisations, older people and people with dementia and their carers about what they would like to be doing and how. We will need to learn from other organisations and different parts of the country about what provision and projects have worked well, challenges and outcomes. We will need to bring local organisations , such as other members of the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance, Public Health and Plymouth City Council, along with us to tackle the challenges and work together to create inclusive community provision.
Educating our network and advocating for more community activity clubs and leisure providers to become dementia friendly and improve their offer for older people living well with dementia and their carers.
Via promotion of the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance and the Devon Dementia Partnership and the training and support that is available e.g. Dementia Friends, clearly articulate how it may positively impact on the services they undertake and the impact they will be having on people who may not have currently accessed their services of facility.