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Commonside Community Development Trust

The Commonside Community Development Trust was set up as a charity in East Mitcham, South London, in 2001. The Charity was established for the promotion for the public benefit of urban regeneration and community capacity building and of activities bringing direct community benefits in areas of social and economic deprivation in the London Borough of Merton, with particular emphasis on the Pollards Hill, Longthornton and Figge’s Marsh wards in East Mitcham, CR4.

1 November 2018
Local Alliances:
Merton 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?

Commonside operates from the New Horizons Community Centre and runs a variety of services including a daily lunch club for older people. We would like to be inclusive to all and ensure people living with dementia feel welcome and comfortable in this setting. We would also like to be able to support families in dealing with the challenges dementia brings. 

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

Finding time and energy to ensure staff and volunteers have access to information and training which will help them.

Addressing the subject of dementia with the various different communities which use our centre - for various cultural issues talking about it can be difficult. We would like to address issues around the stigma.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Displaying information about dementia

    We will endeavour to keep a supply of information about dementia and local services on the premises and signpost people to them where we feel it is appropriate.

    Being implemented
  • Review of building

    WE aim to make our building as dementia-friendly as possible and we are taking guidance from the Dementia Friendly Communities Co-ordinator to achieve this

    Being implemented
  • Hosting Dementia Friends sessions

    WE would like to host two Dementia Friends sessions annually, open to anyone in the local community and our staff and volunteers. We would also like to ensure all our staff are equipped with the right level of knowledge to be able to deal with issues which may arise