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The Dance Network Association CIC

We are the dance development organisation working in Essex and its neighbouring counties. Our mission is to raise the profile of dance in Essex and further afield. We seek to do this through the provision of affordable high-quality dance delivery for local communities, individuals, schools and young people more generally. Our Dance for Health work is growing, particularly with older people, and we are coming across more and more participants that are living with Dementia.

Updated:
1 September 2019
Sectors:
Arts
Local Alliances:
Braintree District Dementia Action Alliance , Colchester 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?

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

Funding limitation is the biggest challenge for us as a CIC and small team. Partnering with larger organisations and charities has been a way for us to overcome this, but in most cases this gives a definite project timescale - the project does not continue long term. We are keen to provide a programme that is ongoing and stable for the community.
Another challenge may be finding participants in different areas, depending on whether we hold open public classes or go directly into care homes.
Another challenge, depending on how many classes we set up, may be having enough trained Dance Artists to deliver sessions. We have a small pool of freelance artists that have experience of delivering dance for people living with Dementia, but would like to expand this.

2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of Dementia as a whole team

    Organise training for our freelance Dance Artists - those who are not yet
    trained in Dementia Awareness, to upskill more Dance Artists to deliver dance sessions for those living with dementia and their loved ones.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2019 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member Action

  • Join up with other services to provide a cohesive support network for those living with dementia and their carers in the community.

    Identify and work with partners that may already work with those living with dementia (or carers), to signpost to our sessions. Reciprocally, signpost participants & carers who may not be receiving external support, to use the local services.

    Status:

    2019 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member Action

  • Make our environment more dementia friendly

    Work to ensure our processes are accessible and easy to use for those living with dementia (for example, our process for participants to book onto our classes)

    Status:

    2019 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member Action