People took some time out for ‘Digni-Tea’ at a special event last week at Bradford’s City Hall.

The event, hosted by Bradford Council marked Dignity Action Day, a national annual day (on 1 February) for health and social care organisations, their staff and members of the public to highlight the importance of upholding people’s rights to dignity. The day aims to ensure that people who use health and care services are treated as individuals, given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.

big_news_Dignity_Action_Day_flyer_2013The theme of this year’s event was ‘Have you got time for Digni-Tea?’ It brought together members of the public, and a range of local organisations including Bradford Older People’s Alliance, the Alzheimer’s Society along with the Council’s Adult and Community Services. The focus was on how Dignity in Care is a part of the every day work of health and care services across Bradford district.

The Champions Show the Way Choir performed a medley of songs including: ‘When I’m 64,’ ‘Raindrops’, ‘Ma’, he’s Making Eyes at me’ and a specially re-worked version of ‘My Favourite Things’ from the Sound of Music.

Janice Simpson, Strategic Director of Adult and Community Services said: “The events held across Bradford district highlighted the importance of promoting dignity in care and behaving towards our more vulnerable citizens and people using health and care services, with the same respect we would want ourselves and our families to be treated.

“It is up to all of us as organisations, managers and workers providing care and support services, and as individuals and communities, to uphold the principles and values that the Dignity in Care Campaign is promoting.”

Councillor Amir Hussain, Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care said “The Council was pleased to host this event and add its support to promoting the important messages of Dignity Action Day.”

At Council care homes across the district, residents, carers and staff organised a wide variety of events for the day including:

• Holmewood Resource Centre in Keighley – A Victorian day with a tea party and fancy dress.
• Thompson Court, Crossflatts –  Coffee morning in which service users talked about what dignity means to them.
• Holmeview, Holme Wood – Coffee and cake afternoon, followed by planting flowers in the garden.
• Woodward Court, Allerton, service users were treated to a day of pampering and music.