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Orpington Village Hall

We provide a welcoming and safe facility for our community to meet, learn, exercise, socialise and relax. We are available for people and businesses to hire for meetings, social functions, charity fund raisers, training and development, exercise classes, sports activities, clubs and societies. we are operated by a charitable trust, led by voluntary trustees, and fund our facility through the hires we undertake. We support charitable and community groups with discounted rates to allow them to fundraise or operate at low costs and organise our own fundraising activities to support the development of our facility.

13 April 2019
Charity, Community organisations, Letting, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Bromley 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?

Orpington Village Hall Trust are committed to ensuring that the people of Orpington have opportunities to participate and develop in in many different  activities and interests.  We are supporting our local community and Orpington 1st in working towards being a dementia Friendly Community and strive to be inclusive and welcoming to all our hall hirers and users alike.  With a clear understanding of of how we can develop our community facility and opportunities, we aim to increase the awareness of dmentia and our local Dementia Action Alliance within our community of hall users and upgrade our facility to improve integration of those living with dementia and their carers into the existing (and new) activities at Orpington Village Hall

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

one of our challenges will be to make the required improvements to the facility within our funding as a charitable trust, as weare funded entirely by the hall incomewe receive.  Another challenge would be through training and awareness  raising not only our staff and volunteers but also our hall hirers and users alike.  And finally to improve the inclusion through clear communication and signage, positive messages and developing understanding in a busy community centre at the same time as maintaining high standards and smooth running as a facility.

2. Actions

  • Signage and equipment improvement

    Change and improve signage to be more dementia friendly, clearer and visual. replace all toilet seats to contrasting colours. Assess other areas of the facility for accessibility and ease of movement.
  • Dementia Friend awareness

    organise and implement dementia friend awareness sessions for staff, volunteers and hall hirers where applicable.  Gain support from these key groups to continue to develop and improve the facility and activities specifically to be more dementia friendly and inclusive

  • Communications and promotion of dementia frendly status

    Assess our use of communication to ensure that we are working inclusively and look at ways to improve awareness and promotion of the dementia friendly community within our facility and in our surrounds. look at the opportunity to organise and run a dementia friendly cafe at our facility for Orpington.
    Initial Scoping