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York Minds & Voices

York Minds and Voices is a peer support and activism group for people living with dementia in York and the surrounding area. We still have a great deal to contribute and strongly believe that you CAN live as well as possible with dementia. We are keen to change people’s perceptions of people with dementia by our level of engagement, influence and activism locally, regionally and nationally.

Updated:
2 July 2019
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Charity
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?

Through the creation of a peer group of people living with dementia, meeting regularly in York we aim to:

  • To provide a welcoming fun safe and reassuring space for people with dementia to be ourselves.
  • To change public understanding of people with dementia by getting involved and having an influence locally, regionally and nationally.
  • To promote the message that we firmly believe that people can live as well as one can with a diagnosis of dementia.
  • To contribute to and be actively involved in decision making about services, plans and policy for people living with dementia in and around our city of York, regionally and nationally.
  • To preserve, promote and improve the good mental and physical health of people living with dementia in York.
  • To promote the rights of people living with dementia in York, for example, to get out and about and to remain part of the community
  • To form part of, and contribute, to DEEP*.

*DEEP is a network made up of groups of people with dementia all over the UK.

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

A lack of signposting from professionals to our group.

Some other organisations not engaging with people living with dementia when designing and delivering services.

2. Actions

  • Hold monthly meetings for people living with dementia

    Through the creation of a peer group of people living with dementia, meeting regularly in York the aim of the group shall be:

    • To provide a welcoming fun safe and reassuring space for people with dementia to be ourselves.
    • To change public understanding of people with dementia by getting involved and having an influence locally, regionally and nationally.
    • To promote the message that we firmly believe that people can live as well as one can with a diagnosis of dementia.
    • To contribute to and be actively involved in decision making about services, plans and policy for people living with dementia in and around our city of York, regionally and nationally.
    • To preserve, promote and improve the good mental and physical health of people living with dementia in York.
    • To promote the rights of people living with dementia in York, for example, to get out and about and to remain part of the community
    • To form part of, and contribute, to DEEP*.

    *DEEP is a network made up of groups of people with dementia all over the UK.

    Status:
    Delivery