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Active Leeds

Active Leeds is a Leeds City Council department that supports the development of physical activity in communities and delivers the leisure centre offer for the City.

6 June 2019
Yorkshire and Humber
Community organisations, Health, Hospitality, Local Authorities, Recreation
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?

Active Leeds works in partnership with various community organisations to embed physical activity as a frontline intervention to improve the health of residents. Active Leeds can develop, create and deliver activities suitable for people with dementia and then influence partners to deliver these activities or principles related to dementia friendly activities within other organisations.

Active Leeds delivers the leisure centre offer for the City and has commissioned services in communities targeting older people. These services are extensive with over 5 million visits per annum. Active Leeds can embed the Dementia Friendly activities and prinicples into its current delivery. This can be achieved through staff training and innovation when it comes to programme delivery.

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

We are a large organisation with over 1000 staff. This means embedding prinicples will take time. There is a relatively high staff turnover, this means a commitment to become Dementia Friendly is a long term aim and will need resourcing over a period of time.

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2. Actions

  • Embed Dementia Friends into essential training for frontline staff

    Identify staff as Dementia Friends Champions. Quality assure delivery of the trainers. Add Dementia Friends to our training offer.

    All staff to be a dementia friend. Add Dementia Friends to the induction of all new staff

    Initial Scoping
  • Develop Dementia Friendly Walks

    Active Leeds delivers the Walking for Health Programme. Health Programme Team to create a bolt on module for Dementia Friendly Walks Start to offer Dementia Friendly Walk Training to existing Walk Leaders. Have a programme of Dementia Friendly Walks

    Initial Scoping
  • Create a range of Dementia Friendly Activities with Active Leeds Programmes

    * Develop a toolbox talk (internal training) for staff to understand what support people living with Dementia and their carers need when becoming active. * Identify slots in the programme that could be allocated for people with Dementia and train staff to ensure that support is available. * Roll out training across all Older people's programmes to become Dementia Friendly. * Advertise these changes to older people to ensure they are aware of the activities available for people with dementia.

    Initial Scoping