Yorkshire Dance

Yorkshire Dance is a charity which champions the value of dance and its development in Yorkshire. We do so by raising standards, increasing knowledge and understanding and by fostering creativity and innovation. We create opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to see, make and take part in high quality dance. We create opportunities for emerging and established artists and practitioners to research, create and present new contemporary work. We create opportunities for people to experience dance by working with partners in local authorities and the arts, in health and in sport. Our building base is in Leeds city centre where we house three dance studios, two meeting spaces, our administration office and we also let out eleven offices to other creative businesses.

12 September 2017
Yorkshire and Humber

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?

Yorkshire Dance can design specific projects and programmes which are tailored to meet the needs of those living with dementia. Whilst often these projects are likely to happen as outreach and therefore
outside of the building, the learning will be shared across the staff team, developing knowledge that will have an impact on how the organisation works with those living with dementia and their carers. We will make visible our commitment to being a dementia friendly organisation through clear Dementia Friendly signposting and staff wearing Dementia Friends badges. Where possible, we will continue to work with
volunteers who can provide additional support for those living with dementia and their carers to access and participate in our activities. This approach has been tested within our Young at Arts project and we
will continue to utilise this in future project work where appropriate. We will review and update our Older People’s Policy to ensure that dementia awareness is embedded at a policy level. During induction
periods of new staff, we will familiarise all staff with our Older People’s Policy and offer Dementia Friends training where possible.

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

Many of our projects are likely to happen outside of the Yorkshire Dance building, as outreach across the region. This therefore limits the direct day-to- day contact our organisation, in particular the staff team, has with people living with dementia. This could be seen as a challenge as we feel more removed from the support that we are offering. It is more likely that freelance artists that we employ and partner organisations that we work alongside have more direct contact. It is therefore important that as an organisation we are working with people/other organisations who understand the importance of dementia awareness and want to support people living with dementia and their facilities/carers.

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2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of Dementia

    During induction periods of new staff, we will familiarise all staff with our Older People’s Policy. Our Facilities Manager is a Dementia Champion and will arrange for all staff to attend a Dementia Friends Information Session to ensure greater understanding of Dementia and how it affects those living with it, as well as their families and/or carers. We will review and
    update our Older People’s Policy to ensure that dementia awareness is embedded at a policy level.

  • Use Dementia-friendly signage in our building

    We will use our house-font “FS Me Light” for all signage around our building. This font is simple and uses lower case lettering to ensure it is accessible for everyone. Alongside text, our signage uses a range of symbols to help signpost to facilities, such as toilets, changing rooms and stairs.  Each floor/level of our building in signed, for example “level 1”. We use objects as landmarks when directing people around the building, such as “the meeting room is next to the red sofa”. We will display a Dementia Friends sign at our reception desk to encourage those living with Dementia to ask us if they need help navigating around the building.

  • Make environments more dementia friendly

    We will keep our foyer area clutter free and have provided high-backed chairs with arms where people can wait. People can take “time out” in our foyer area but if this happens to be busy or loud, we do have an alternative space where we can take people to sit down. Spaces
    in our building are relatively large with clear sight-lines to the entrances/exits. We will make sure there is plenty of space for visitors to leave mobility aids such as wheelchairs and that staff are
    on hand to welcome and guide visitors if required.