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The Friends of Page Park and South Gloucestershire Council

The Friends of Page Park are a non-profit making, voluntary group of local residents and park users whose aim is to protect and improve the park and its facilities for the community and future generations.

18 September 2018
South West
Recreation, Local DAA Members, Charity, Community organisations, Voluntary
Local Alliances:
South Gloucestershire 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?

Page Park is a green hub for the whole community at the heart of Staple Hill. South Gloucestershire Council and the Friends of Page Park are improving the facilities in the park thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and working together to engage local people of all ages and diverse needs to enjoy and become involved in the park. We want the park to be welcoming and inclusive for everyone in our community and are committed to learning how we can make Page Park a ‘Dementia Friendly Park’ and develop an action plan to make the park even more dementia friendly. There are already lots of ways in which we are working together to make Page Park more dementia friendly and developing an action plan will further help us focus our efforts and improve what we do. In addition to the actions identified above within the park we have a weekly gardening group (members of which undertook the Dementia awareness training), a bowls club, tennis courts and other groups and facilities which are popular with seniors. In our new community room a weekly social group for seniors is held and there are groups for wellbeing including creative writing, crafts and a choir.

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

We are currently working towards achieving Green Flag status for Page Park for which access and inclusion are key priorities. We look forward to working with the SGDAA and everyone in our community to make Page Park a truly 'Dementia Friendly Park'

2. Actions

  • Improve the paths in Page Park to make access easier for everyone including people with dementia who may have in particular, mobility, visual and spatial perception needs.

    A comprehensive programme of path upgrades will be commencing shortly in Page Park, Summer 2018. We are also setting up a photo trail and accessibility guide to assist visitors to the park who have disabilities and their carers.
  • Oral history ‘park memories’ project

    We will be commissioning an oral historian to work with local people to record their memories and stories of the park. This will include working with residents of local care homes and sheltered accommodation and meeting with the twice weekly walking for health groups in the park which are attended by up to 30 people/walk most of whom are senior citizens some of whom have dementia or are carers of people with dementia.

    Our walkers groups also hold regular shared walks and events with the preschool in the park enabling multi generational opportunities for people to be together to support wellbeing. The walk leader volunteers undertook dementia awareness training this year.

    We also have physical activity sessions that are suitable for those with dementia Social Table Tennis and Gentle exercise . There are also plans to deliver Inclusive Tennis Sessions on the Tennis Courts.

    Being implemented
  • Dementia awareness workshops

    This year we held 2 dementia awareness workshops in Page Park for local groups and volunteers and a SGDAA stall attended our Summer in the Park event to provide information and raise awareness among local people pf dementia.

    We plan to hold workshops again next year and would like to invite the SGDAA to attend Summer in the Park event on 1 June 2019 next year.

    Being implemented
  • Clear signage and accessible toilets

    The Toilet Block within the Park has been replaced  with toilets within the café and 1 external toilet by the café . There is access to the toilets for those in a wheelchair or with limited mobility.

    A piece of work needs to be done to have clear instructions on how to lock and unlock the door and on the usage of the taps, hand dryer .

    The signage in the park is in the process of being replaced and added to help those attending the park.