The Plymouth Raiders have become one of the most progressive and forward thinking clubs in the country. The Raiders have won countless honours in England Basketball's National League competitions, and 5 seasons ago, in just our third season in the BBL, we won the BBL Trophy, in Newcastle against the home town and highly favoured Eagles.
- 13 March 2014
- South West
- Local Alliances:
- Plymouth 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?
Plymouth Raiders Basketball was one of the first organisations to sign up to the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance. We run a full page advert in every home match programme, free of charge, about dementia, and this in turn has helped raise the profile of dementia within the city and the team's fan base of many thousands. The Raiders have also allowed the Alliance team to staff an information stand in the Pavilions Arena foyer during a home game.
Bob Widdecombe, Chairman of the Raiders, has spoken at dementia awareness events in the City and actively promotes the Alliance to his fellow Chairmen at the British Basketball League's board meetings which represent teams across the UK. Plymouth Raiders has also helped the Newcastle Eagles basketball team to set up a partnership with the North East and Cumbria Campaign and Media Officer of the Alzheimer's Society.
Raiders also coach basketball to over 30,000 children a year in schools and colleges, and work very closely with Universities and Higher Education Colleges. We believe working with the schools and making them aware of dementia through our Hoops 4 Health programme will help young people come to terms with coping with family members affected by dementia in future years.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
No specific challenges anticipated
Bob Widdecombe MBE
Chairman - Plymouth Raiders