The Archer

The Archer is a monthly community newspaper for East Finchley run entirely by volunteers. We have a print-run of 9,500 and are non-profit making, non-political and non-religious. Readers and contributors range from infant school children to centenarians. The Archer has been called 'the glue of the community' and celebrates its 25th birthday next year.

21 September 2017
Communication, Voluntary
Local Alliances:
Barnet 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?

It is important for people with Dementia to feel they are still a part of the community and we are able to help with this by ensuring the right information is available to people.We would endeavour where possible to highlight events and initiatives which are dementia friendly or of help to people with dementia in the locality. This would include publicising such things as Dementia Friends sessions in our 'What's On ... ' column along with relevant news on dementia related topics . Reference will be made to the DEEP guide with the language used in our reporting of dementia.

Leading members of The Archer team have personal knowledge, empathy and understanding as they have cared for family members with dementia.  Over the years we have published many articles related to the topic. I myself am a volunteer for Dementia Research.

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

Making sure we have access to up to date and relevant information

Balancing the need to inform and educate the readership about Dementia and give the facts about what a terrible illness it is but also to let people know that it is possible for people to live well with Dementia.

Member website

2. Actions

  • Ensuring all editorial staff know 'Dementia Words Matter'

    Whenever writing about Dementia we will refer to the DEEP 'Dementia Words Matter' guide to ensure the language we use when referring to people living with Dementia is sensitive and empathetic.

  • Working with other DAA members to publicise events and activities

    We will aim to publicise events and activities which are Dementia Friendly or specifically for people with Dementia either in our 'What's On' section or as main editorial copy.