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Places for People Leisure Ltd – Amber Valley Contract (Ripley Leisure Centre / Alfreton Leisure Centre / William Gregg VC Leisure Centre (Heanor)

Places for People Leisure Ltd, a social enterprise, operates Leisure Centre’s in partnership with, and on behalf of Local Authorities. The Amber Valley Contract in Derbyshire consists of Alfreton, Ripley and William Gregg VC (located in Heanor) Leisure Centre’s. We are community focused Leisure Centre’s and our mission statement is ‘To create active places and healthy people’. Our full inclusive Leisure Centre’s, with a range of specialised facilities and equipment, as well as varied programme of activities we offer, are fully accessible and affordable to help encourage our communities to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Customer service is at the heart of what we do to ensure our customers have a fantastic experience every time they visit.

14 May 2017
East Midlands
Local DAA Members
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?

- The Amber Valley Contract to become an active member of Amber Valley Dementia Action Alliance so that we can learn from other partners and share ‘best practice’

- By training up our front line staff so they have an awareness / understanding of what Dementia is so we can help our community

- We will identify and train up a member of staff to become a Dementia Friendly ‘Champion’ to enable us to then train up our front line staff.

- We will add Dementia Friends training sessions to our Contract Training Plan. These awareness sessions will be opened up to the community to attend as well.

- We will complete the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) Environmental Assessment Tool to see how Dementia friendly we are and we’ll aim to implement any improvement(s) that are identified.

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

Re: Dementia ‘Champion’ & delivery of Dementia Friends awareness sessions to Staff & our community:

      - To identify a ‘Dementia Champion’ who will help with the delivery of ‘Dementia Friends’ awareness sessions to all staff (as well as opening up the sessions to include members of our community) These sessions will then ensure staff and customers have an understanding of what Dementia is and how to recognise / respond / support / help

- Funding the initial ‘Dementia Champion’ training and then consideration of how we can maintain the ongoing ‘Dementia Friends’ training to all staff as cost effectively as possible   

Re: Environmental Assessment Tool:

- Funding any ‘significant improvements’ that are identified in order to become recognised as Dementia Friendly Leisure Centre’s  

2. Actions

  • To improve our understanding of Dementia

    - To become an active member of the Amber Valley Dementia Action Alliance     

    - To educate our front line staff so they have an awareness / understanding of what Dementia is and how to recognise / respond / support / help

    - To recruit an ‘in-house’ Dementia Champion who will be able to deliver the Dementia Friends awareness sessions to staff (and members of the community)  

    Delivery, Planning
  • Dementia Friendly Swimming – Ripley LC to ‘pilot’ initially before rolling out across the Contract (at Alfreton LC & William Gregg VC LC)

    - To work in partnership with the Alzheimers Society & the ASA to deliver a Dementia friendly pool session

    - To identify how Dementia friendly our facilities are via the use of the ASA Environmental Assessment Tool

    - To identify pool time

    - To recruit a suitable ‘activator’ to lead these swim sessions as well as promoting these sessions out in the community

    - The ‘Activator’ (plus other ‘key’ staff) to attend ASA training ‘Understanding Dementia in the leisure environment’

    - To host the ASA training at one of our leisure centres

    Planning, Being implemented
  • Dementia Friendly swimming – Alfreton LC & William Gregg VC LC

    - Alfreton LC & William Gregg VC LC to carry out the ASA Environmental Assessment Tool to identify how dementia friendly their Leisure Centres are

    - To implement identified improvements and to learn from the experiences at Ripley LC

    Investigating, Initial Scoping