Accessible Belper aims to broaden our understanding of everyone’s needs through: • Raising disability awareness • Raising awareness of other life changing conditions • Supplying staff training & awareness • Supplying advice • Access to disability audits & guides
- 2 March 2017
- East Midlands
- Charity, Community organisations, Local DAA Members, Membership Organisations, Voluntary Sector, Voluntary
- Local Alliances:
- Amber Valley Dementia Friendly Community
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 currently run the introduction to Dementia - Dementia Friends Awareness Raising sessions in Belper, and ask everyone who attends to consider one action they can take to help people with Dementia.
We work with a number of different organisations to raise awareness about Dementia including the Public Health Team at Derbyshire County Council (DCC), Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance, and the Alzheimer’s Society. We are now looking at delivering training in Care Homes aimed at friends, family and carers. We have already targeted the retail businesses in Belper.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The main issues are the cost to producing the publicity/promotion materials to inform people about the training and awareness sessions – we use the website and facebook to promote these but know that a large percentage of people we are trying to help and support may not have easy access to the internet.
The transport and venue hire costs to deliver the training and awareness sessions, and the lack of accessible venues in Belper, are also an issue to delivering them training, as they are delivered for free to the participants.
Delivering Dementia Friends Awareness Sessions
In partnership with Alzheimer’s Society and DCC Public Health we have delivered Dementia Friends awareness sessions three times to residents and businesses in Belper and commit to run more sessions.
Programme of Reminiscence Events
Coordinating a team of Arts Festival volunteers including dancers, artists and musicians to put on events throughout the year for people with dementia their carers and the elderly, and providing free transport to these events in 2017.
To link with schools to raise awareness of dementia and disability
To form links with Belper High School to form links for the introduction of Dementia Friends awareness sessions in school alongside disability training.