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Wm Dodgson & Son Funeral Directors

We are a funeral director we have 6 branches located throughout Leeds and all staff have attended the dementia Friends session. We are wanting to promote that we are dementia friendly and in December 2018 we set up a Dementia Café for the local community at our premises. We offer tea, coffee, games and activities and everyone is welcome to along free of charge. This is held on the first Wednesday of every month

Updated:
22 February 2019
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Businesses and shops
Local Alliances:
Leeds 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 are a national organisation called Funeral Partners with branches all over the UK. We are looking at helping our local community in Leeds at present. All staff have attended the Dementia Friends session to help us assist people that we come in contact with who may be affected by Dementia and also to help our families who may have lost a loved one to dementia. It has really helped staff to gain a better understanding. We are holding a local dementia café at our premises once a month where people can come and have a drink, play games, activities or just have a chat and we are keen to further develop our knowledge and skills to help families living with Dementia. Many of the staff do or have cared for a loved on with dementia and are keen to help improve the lives and promote a better understanding of this illness. We have held fundraising events over the years for Alzheimers Society. We held a cupcake day for Alzheimer's Society and Duck race in 2018 and many staff take part in the annual memory Walk we are keen to continue fundraising for this very worthwhile cause.

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

As a funeral director we come into direct contact with families living with and affected by Dementia, whether they have lost a loved one who they cared for or are themselves living with dementia and having to come to terms with losing a loved one or they have lost a carer. We want our staff to understand how having dementia can impact on their ability to understand and to make decisions for their loved ones and how we can help them to cope with their grief and help them to be involved in making decisions wherever possible. We want help create a better world for people living with dementia and for there carers, more understanding, more help and more research is needed for families.

Member website

www.wmdodgson.co.uk

2. Actions

  • Dementia Cafe

    We started a dementia Cafe at our premises Wm Dodgson, Lupton Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 6EQ in December 2018. We hold this event on the first Wednesday of each month. Our aim is to reach out and help the local community living with dementia

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Fundraising and Raising Awareness

    We plan to hold an event for the cupcake day for Alzheimer's Society. We held one last year and it was a great success. Not only will we be raising money but hopefully awareness and promote conversations regarding Dementia

    Status:
    Planning