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Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds)

Catholic Care is a charitable organisation working on behalf of the Diocese of Leeds. It offers a variety of care and support services, not only to the Catholic population, but also to the wider community as a whole. Geographically, the Charity consists of the County of West Yorkshire, which includes the following Local Authorities: Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale, and parts of North Yorkshire. Our services include:-Children & Young People’s Services, Services For Adults With Learning Disabilities, Supported Housing For People With Mental Health Issues, Schools’ Children & Family Wellbeing Service, Older People’s Services consisting of Community Groups which support friendships and tackle loneliness and Community Outreach providing care and support in a person’s own home, helping them to live independently for longer.

23 July 2018
Yorkshire and Humber
Care, Charity, Children Young People and Students, Community organisations, Domiciliary Care, Faith Groups, Schools, Social Care, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Leeds 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?

Catholic Care aims to increase awareness of Dementia and relevant support strategies through ‘Dementia Friends’ awareness sessions delivered to all of our staff, trustees and volunteers by our Dementia Friends Champions, enabling them to support our service users and their families as appropriate.

Catholic Care is supporting the RC Diocese of Leeds in its journey to become Dementia Friendly.

Catholic Care is working with Growing Old Gracefully and local parishes to encourage the development of Later Life Friendly Parishes.

All our older people’s community group sessions are fully inclusive and are open to people with dementia and their carers, with volunteers available to chat and include those with dementia to give carers an opportunity to make friends and enjoy the activities too.

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

Catholic Care has sites across the whole of West Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire and geographically gathering our staff and volunteers can be a challenge.

We also work in the community, often in Parish buildings which are not adapted for older people or those living with dementia.

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2. Actions

  • Improve understanding among staff and volunteers

    Continue to offer Dementia Friends Information Sessions, led by one of our Dementia Friends Champions to all staff and volunteers and include this in our induction process.

  • Community Groups

    Expand our network of Community Groups for Older People, for all older people including those living with dementia and their carers.

  • Support Catholic Parishes and the Diocese of Leeds

    Provide Dementia Friends Information Sessions for Catholic Parishes as requested. Continued involvement in the steering group for the Diocese of Leeds as it works to become Dementia Friendly