Alzheimer’s Society has been running the Airedale Social Movement Programme in Airedale, Wharfedale, Craven and Leeds since August 2016. This programme is funded by NHS England as part of their New Models of Care; Health of a Social Movement Programme until May 2018. The programme aims to bring local communities into the care home, and put the care home at the heart of the community.
Through our work on the programme, we have set up lots of initiatives in care homes. Different community groups including schools, bowling clubs & arts students have linked up with 8 care homes and are regularly running activities with the care home residents to improve their quality of life, reduce their isolation and ensure they feel part of both the care home, and the wider community.
Toolkit: One of our objectives of the programme is to spread the programme so that others can replicate the work that has been undertaken locally, and this week we have launched resources to support this including a How To Guide for Care Home staff.