Community at 67
Community at 67 is a thriving hub in the centre of Keynsham South, Bristol, run solely by volunteers for the local community. It provides a caring, warm and welcoming place where people of all ages may come to relax, laugh, learn, meet others and share in the wonderful community spirit.
- 14 February 2017
- South West
- Charity, Community organisations, Membership Organisations, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Bath & North East Somerset, Keynsham & Saltford 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?
We aim to provide a non-judgemental, caring and welcoming environment for dementia sufferers and their carers. We provide activities such as crafts, an older people's social group, Scrabble club, a club called Silent Illness Keynsham which acts as a support group for sufferers of various silent illnesses such as dementia, a card club and once a week we provide a lunch club which currently caters for up to 30 visitors. We are seeking to train our volunteers in how to welcome and take care of those with dementia and provide support for their carers. We work closely with Age UK, Sirona and Contact the Elderly and help deliver courses and activities to enrich the lives of the elderly.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Our organisation has often been referred to by our members as a "family" and like all families we have good days and bad days but because of the strong sense of community we generally pull together to help one another. Our biggest challenge is in finding enough volunteers and enough funding to survive. Having recently (August 2015) become a charity has helped to a degree. We need to undertake formal training to help us with some aspects of dealing with dementia but most of our members have had some personal experience of dealing with family or friends with the condition.
Member websiteCommunity at 67
We shall carry out awareness sessions with all our volunteers.
Awareness Sessions for the wider community
Once volunteers have completed the Dementia friends sessions then we will then seek to offer further sessions to local businesses, community groups and local residents and promote the BaNES Dementia Action Alliance.
- Initial Scoping
We will retain leaflets and contact details of relevant Agencies and Organisations au fait with the issues involved for people living with dementia and their carers
We shall seek to provide enough information within Community at 67 to be able to signpost carers to the types of help and support they can call upon to help them and the person living with dementia