Rotary club of Newmarket
Rotary in Newmarket is a group of men and women from all walks of life, who raise funds and support local, national and international good causes, while having fun. Rotary International (RI) granted Newmarket a Rotary Charter, to us in 1955. It is the oldest volunteer service organisation in the world. In Great Britain and Ireland there are over 1,855 clubs with over 55,000 members. Our club has 22 active and 6 honorary members, who are dedicated to giving back something to their communities. We raise funds by holding events such as: Sponsored SwimAlongs and walks, bucket collections, annual ‘Carols at Tattersalls’, BBQ’S, quiz’s, and themed evenings. All the money raised is not subjected to admin fees, ensuring 100% of donations given by the public (nett proceeds) are giving to the good causes. The members pay an annual subscription which covers each years administration, both at local, district, national and international levels.
- 21 September 2018
- East of England
- Local Alliances:
- Newmarket 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?
Our role is to identify the needs of the public at large and especially with people who need financial and non financial support. In 2017, the ‘Carols at Tattersall’s’ event raised £3500 for the Dementia Team, based at Newmarket Community Hospital. The donation enabled the Team to set up clinic’s to assessment, diagnose and support people, families and carers coping with dementia. This donation also enabled the Team buy Cognitive Therapy equipment and provide a six week courses for people with mild to medium Dementia and their families.
We are working with Gracewell Healthcare to see if its feasible to set up a pop up stall in the local market to raise the awareness of dementia and how we could point people in the right direction.
We are starting to work more closely with the Newmarket Day Centre, who are pivotal in supporting people and carers within the community, who are living with dementia.
We are inviting speakers who are knowledgable in this devastated disease to come and talk to our members, to enable them to become advocates and implement the changes that are required to make us a truly dementia friendly organisation.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
It is okay to say that we wish to raise awareness of dementia in people’s lives, but the challenge is to implement and consolidate action to not just talk the talk, but walk the talk.
To make the dementia awareness pop up stall, we need to engage the local GP’s and their staff for their support and act as a referral entity. With our contacts with the local Mental Health Team, Dementia Alliance, other dementia support groups and the local media, we could create a very forceful event.
One of our Rotarian’s is creating a draft plan of action for the pop up stall and we hope to start liaising with people to make this a great event. As we are at the draft stage, highlights of our Action Plan are not yet ready for publication. Watch this space.
First positive action was to gain support from our members to support the development of this project as an aim for the next three years
Secondly is for me to formally join the Newmarket Dementia Alliance, so that their Vice Chair and fellow Rotarian can start to make use your expertise to get our ideas off the floor.
Third is to set an achievable time line.
Fourth is to maintain the momentum.