York City Knights
The York City Knights are the only professional rugby league club in North Yorkshire and have their community arm, the York City Knights Foundation who deliver community projects in and around York for people aged 4-94. Each of these projects falls under the themes of Health, Education, Community or Rugby League with a mission statement of inspiring communities and changing lives. The club play in the 3rd Tier of the league structure and have a massively diverse fan base in terms of age, gender and back grounds. Rugby League as a sport has a huge place in the sporting heritage of York and it holds a greater significance with the older generations.
- 9 August 2018
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Local Alliances:
- York Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?
We would like to be in a position where more of our staff and volunteers are confident in identifying and supporting people who are living with dementia on matchdays by making it a less intimidating and more friendly experience.
We are also in the process of developing our monthly fish and chip Friday event which targets people who may be lonely or feel isolated to become more regular and include those living with dementia. Alongside this we will be instigating walking rugby sessions in an effort to keep people more active for longer.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Currently our matchday facilities are not accessible and we struggle to make the necessary changes to meet the needs of our fans with specific needs, however in July next year we will be moving to a new stadium which will give us a state of the art facility which we can use to make the matchday experience better for all members of our community.
Improve our staff and volunteers understanding of dementia
Some of our staff and volunteers have attended a Dementia Friends training session and we will access an additional session in future to give others the opportunity to increase their knowledge.
Offer regular social opportunities for people with dementia and their carers.
We are working with York St John University and Dementia Forward to offer a regular meeting for people who may be lonely, isolated and living with dementia.
Make our Matchdays accessible for people with dementia
Following the training we will be using our additional knowledge to shape the future offer for people with dementia who attend Rugby League games at the new stadium which opens in 2019.