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The Forget Me Not Activity Club

An activity club for people living with dementia providing stimulating activity whilst providing respite to family carers

15 April 2019
Care, Community organisations
Local Alliances:
Havering 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?

By providing cognitive and physical activity we are keeping people engaged for longer.  Our club is proving to have a positive affect on its members, we have fantastic feedback from family members that have repeatedly told us their loved ones.  We include a pub lunch as part of our day, we promote inclusion whenever we can.  We have intergenerational activities where we join together with a local primary school 

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

some family members struggle with what is best for their loved ones and tend to speak for them which can be frustrating for the members, we find that our members are not as engaging when their husbands/wives are present

2. Actions

  • Activity for members whilst providing respite to family carers

    We have a varied program at our activity club which includes soft sport, exercises, music, singing, dancing. Our up beat approach is proving to have a positive affect on the members which in turn helps the family carer. We are a new club with 7 members, our plan is to extend the service and to reach as many people as we can, we are working with other organizations to encourage them to be involved with us, we have a local school and the local sports centre have already agreed to work with us, we feel that by providing this facility we can help grow dementia friendly communities
    Being implemented
  • New local DAA

    we are part of a steering group and are now in the infancy stages of setting up a new local alliance in Billericay, l personally have spoken to 22 businesses in Billericay High Street and am committed to see this through 

  • Dementia Action Week

    we will be holding an open day at the club to raise awareness using VR visors to encourage people to experience what it may feel like to live with dementia 

    Being implemented