Age UK Derby and Derbyshire

Age UK Derby and Derbyshire (AUKDD) is one of the largest local charities in Derbyshire. We work with people aged 50+ and their carers. Our work extends across every area of Derbyshire and the city of Derby.

Updated:
15 December 2015
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector, Charity, Social Care
Local Alliances:
Derbyshire 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?

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?

 Age UK Derby and Derbyshire (AUKDD) is one of the largest local charities in Derbyshire. We work with people aged 50+ and their carers. Our work extends across every area of Derbyshire and the city of Derby. As a local partner with Age UK and with its colleagues in other local partners in the East Midlands AUKDD works to influence local strategic planning, budgetary decisions, service development and the integration of services. AUKDD delivers direct practical services, empowers older people and carers with information, advice and advocacy, protects the most vulnerable with befriending and First Contact and is committed to preventative and supportive services to make later life better. We seek to lead by example achieving quality standards in Advocacy, Befriending, Dignity and as an organisation hold ISO9001. In addition we are a specialist infrastructure organisation and a member of 3D, Derbyshire Infrastructure Consortium.

 

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

Money. Our overall income, budget cuts, short-term contracts and old contracts mean many of our services are under-funded or constantly under-threat. Fundraising is under-achieving against a growing demand. This means investment in staff and volunteer development is reduced or delayed. Its difficult to achieve a comprehensive approach across all staff.

Stigma. Our staff and volunteer base is older than average which has many advantages but it also makes dementia awareness challenging because many are either carers or concerned about symptoms of dementia in themselves or those they care about.

Management capacity. Our organisation has a flat management structure with few service managers all of whom have multiple areas of responsibility. All our influencing and campaigning work receives no external funding and relies on the CEO and a few key staff. To achieve a comprehensive approach to dementia awareness and to evidence it and to influence beyond our organisation requires management and administrative capacity.

Member website

www./ageuk/derbyshire

2. Actions

  • Strategic planning

    Our organisation has an effective Strategic Plan and Programme Board Action Plans which help us to make effective progress towards our goals.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    All Programme Boards have identified actions to support our training, development and change management needed to achieve dementia friendl

    Becoming a dementia friendly community and delivering dementia friendly activities and services is within our Services Programme Board plan for 2016. We have three services accredited with the Dignity Standard and a Dignity Champion on our Trustee Board.

    The Strategic Plan was refreshed in 2015.

  • Responding to funding cuts

    The economic forecast is not good with cuts already in the pipeline in Derby City and comprehensive budget cuts and commissioning changes anticipated in Derbyshire. Funding cuts will slow down progress but not prevent it completely. Responding to this will be an ongoing action.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Funding cuts for the voluntary sector are imminent in Derby (15/16) and anticipated in-year in the County for 2016/17. service development is limited by the decision-making process.

    In Progress

  • Developing Services

    The Memory Lane Service, begun as a pilot in 2012/13 has extended to Erewash with short-term funding and we are supporting the service for a short time from reserves. The service achieves great outcomes for individuals living with dementia and carers but achieving a sustainable service on member payments is challenging with the additional barriers of transport and independence levels of users.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We are working with partners on several short-term pilots to try to achieve a longer-term future for Memory Lane.

    In Progress