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Making Space (Kirklees)

Making Space Kirklees Dementia Service offers help for you, your family or a person you care help and support. This is set out in 3 strands; Support, Peer Support and Information. We will meet with you as soon as possible to find out your particular circumstances where we will offer immediate understanding and practical support. We will get to know you, your family and carers and will recommend personalised effective support. ‘Making space’ helps carers to attend training courses and develop knowledge for enablement such as courses on Dementia, ‘A carers guide’ or ‘Living well with Dementia’. Our service offers informal group sessions so you can share your personal experience with other carers and dementia sufferers. We also offer latest information about therapies, treatments, benefits advice and on ‘What’s going on’ in the local area. Our peer support service encourages people to live safely and healthily to live independently and to make informed choices about their on-going care and support. We are based in the Kirklees Area and we are here to help carers and families live an active and fulfilled life as we believe everyone has the right to continue doing what they have always done for as long as possible.

7 September 2016
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?

As an organisation, dignity and respect remains the cornerstone of our approach to caring for those with dementia. Through partnership working with Memory and Admiral nurses, Community Psychiatric Nurses and other professionals each person is always supported in a person centred way.

We are also educating local businesses and other national business such as asda to promote dementia friendly communities. Our view is simple – people with dementia have a right to continue living life as they wish. This approach is best represented as quality, lifestyle and personalisation.

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

Funding and language barriers

2. Actions

  • Dementia Cafes

    Maintain and develop cafes/undertake service user led evaluation of cafes

  • Hard to Reach Groups

    Maintain and develop services for hard to reach to difficult to reach groups

  • Awareness Sessions

    Continue to deliver dementia awareness sessions throughout our organisation and to new organisations/services

  • Membership

    Continue to develop the membership base for the ‘Making Space Dementia Friendly Community work

  • Pop up Cafes

    Scope the feasibility of pop up dementia cafes and their impact on local diagnosis rates

    Initial Scoping
  • Dementia Friendly Garden

    Develop a service user led design to the dementia friendly garden and promote its use

  • Dementia Action Alliance

    To develop local dementia action alliance

  • Parternship Working

    To continue to work with other organisations to create services reflecting the needs of the clients

  • Carer Support

    To continue to develop and promote further carer support groups in Kirklees