26/05/2021 How Your Leisure Kent is supporting people with dementia

Your Leisure Kent is a not-for profit leisure trust with charitable objectives based in East Kent.  We are committed to helping improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we work within through activities, set both within our centres and out in the community.  Through experience, we know that the best way to achieve this is by working in partnership with other organisations and listening to our communities.

A group of older people sit in a circle on chairs. A woman is kneeled down in front of them.
Social Prescribing offered by Your Leisure Kent

In recent years, disabled people and people with underlying or long-term health conditions have had difficulty accessing support, particularly those groups that have always had significant barriers to accessing activities and services.

We are focused on supporting our communities to re-build, and discover together ways to improve our social connectivity and overall wellbeing.

As part of this work we are thrilled to have been awarded funding through the Thriving Communities fund to enable us to work in partnership with Bright Shadow and Social Enterprise Kent (SEK).  Our project focusses on supporting people with dementia or memory loss and their families to become more active through a combination of arts and cultural activity provided by Bright Shadow, physical and wellbeing activities provided by ourselves and support around issues such as benefits, housing and food provided by SEK. We will be working within a Harmonia Dementia Village and in the wider Dover area to enable a social prescription focus for those facing dementia and their carers. The village is the UK’s first dementia centre of its kind, and takes a holistic approach to care and wellbeing.

We understand the importance of working with people as individuals, and central to our project is working with a person-centred approach.  We learn from one another and the people we seek to benefit, always putting their needs at the heart. Our project has a strong emphasis on sustainability developing a model that will go beyond the project as well as transferring our skills and knowledge to others, the more people we can bring on the journey the more people in the community will benefit.

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