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YMCA Plymouth/Discovery College

YMCA Plymouth aims to create a community where everyone has the opportunity to belong, contribute and thrive, reaching out to all people, inspiring them to develop in mind, body and spirit. Our plan is based upon providing services in three delivery areas; 1. Health and Wellbeing 2. Youth Work 3. Education (Discovery College-1 to 19 years) These strategic priorities support our local community whilst maintaining the financial stability of the Association extending our future reach and impact in Plymouth.

8 August 2018
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?

As an educational organisation who caters for over 200+ students and delivers health and social care courses, we are in a strong position to raise awareness and break down stigmas surrounding dementia.

As a community based charity, we consider it our duty to educate and inform all young people about issues affecting society, therefore we plan to raise awareness of dementia through engaging workshops aimed at all our students regardless of their course of study.

In addition, utilizing our extensive social media outreach, our student ambassadors and our 'Dementia Champions' we will further highlight our involvement and raise awareness of Dementia based issues.

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

Due to our charitable nature, financial constraints are often the barriers restricting our provision. However, the plans discussed above are cost-free and we already have the networks in place to roll out workshops.

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2. Actions

  • Students and staff to become Dementia Friends.

    This has been arranged through the Alzheimer's Society (John Naismith) for 30 students and 2 members of staff.

    Delivered, Completed
  • Discovery College students and staff to become Dementia Champions.

    To be arranged through the Alzheimer's Society for 3 members of staff and opportunity for students to participate.

  • Open a Memory Cafe at the YMCA Plymouth site.

    The cafe will offer people with dementia, their families, cares and friends the opportunity to socialise, support one another and share information about dementia.

    Discovery College students and health and social care staff who are dementia friends and dementia champions to run the memory cafe every 3 months to begin with and to be reviewed after the first year with the possibility of offering more dates throughout the year.