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GLL (Better)

GLL (Better) Better is one of the UK's leading leisure brands and is owned by GLL, one of the UK’s leading not-for-profit charitable social enterprises. At Better, we base everything we do on four key pillars: Better people, better communities, better service and better business. We've seen brilliant results in the communities that we’re a part of. We reinvest every single penny of our financial surplus back into improving the services we offer – and the communities that we serve. In fact, we’ve reinvested over £100m to date. And we want to keep investing more. We work with our partners including local councils and National Governing Bodies and the likes of Sport England; to help give everyone a happier, healthier life. We invest heavily in making our children’s centres welcoming, fun places to go. We’re constantly making our leisure centres more accessible, welcoming places, where everyone can work on getting fit and healthy. We’re putting time and money into making our libraries amazing places to think, learn, read and develop. We are owned entirely by our staff and Society members, each of whom owns a non-dividend-paying share in the business. Which means our workforce is empowered, motivated and involved in making the big decisions that affect our business; because we believe that social values are just as important as financial performance.

4 May 2017
Local Alliances:
Camden 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?

Better Camden is keen to ensure that our facilities and services are accessible and welcoming to all, including people with dementia. To that end we will review our current offerings and do what we can to enhance them, as well as raising awareness of resources for people with dementia and their carers.

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

Our biggest challenge is to balance the diverse needs of the local community, including people with Dementia. We need to break down the barriers to participation for each specific group by evolving to become more accessible for all.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends

    Organise Dementia Friends information sessions for frontline staff during 2017, possibly as a module of Camden-wide training  addressing various forms of disability.

  • Gym Sessions

    Review programmes for over-55s with a view to ensuring sessions are accessible for people with dementia.

  • Raise Awareness

    Raise awareness of the DAA, GLL’s involvement as a member, and information on resources for people with dementia and their carers, through appropriate media, for example displaying information on screens within the gym.