St Nick's Environment Centre

St Nick's is a centre for nature and green living in York. It boasts 24 acres of unique green space of a former rubbish tip. We work to conserve and maintain the diverse range of habitats sustaining over 860 wildlife species through various pratical sessions. We also monitor species through wildlife surveying.

5 June 2019
Yorkshire and Humber
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
York 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 can provide both practical volunteering opportunities and wildlife watching opportunities on our nature reserve, getting people outside which has proven to benefit wellbeing.  Those involved often feel more connected to the community and are there just as much for the social aspect of volunteering as the practical side of it.

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

The only issue we come across with volunteers is that we cannot always offer the extent of support they need.  If this is the case, we will ask individuals to arrange support.

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2. Actions

  • Hold initial meetings with volunteers

    We will meet with potential volunteers before the start to assess their needs.  We will arrange any support we can provide ie. volunteer buddy.  If we cannot provide this, we will work with the volunteer and the local DAA to arrange an alternative.