Dementia Friendly Communities Project Team

The Alzheimer's Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. It started out in 1979 as a charity to support carers and became incorporated in 1987. Through our network of local services we provide over 2000 services and touch the lives of over 30,000 people every week, providing practical services and support for people living with dementia and their carers. We are a Lottery Bid team working to create dementia friendly communities in six areas within Greater Manchester boroughs; Tameside, Oldham, Salford, Bury and Manchester.

Updated:
22 February 2016
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Care, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Bury Dementia Action Alliance, Salford Dementia Action Alliance , Manchester Dementia Action Alliance , Oldham Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

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?

The team will be delivering several services across the Greater Manchester boroughs in order to help make the National Dementia Declaration a reality. This includes CrISP (Carers Information and Support Programme) and SHARED (Support, Help, Access to Resources and Education for Dementia) courses for both people with dementia and carers.

Below are the major outcomes of our service:

Outcome 1      People living with dementia will receive more support and understanding within their communities which will have become more “dementia-friendly”

Outcome 2      People living with dementia will have increased independence and greater involvement in community life.

Outcome 3      People living with dementia and carers will feel less isolated, have reduced stress and better quality of life.

Outcome 4      People affected by dementia and the communities will have a better understanding of how to manage living well with dementia.

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

  • The current low level of understanding of dementia among the general public
  • Sustainable resources to reach out to the local communities to make the necessary connections.
  • Identification of individual challenges faced by people living with and affected by dementia.
  • The wiliness for businesses to make time for awareness sessions and a commitment to supporting customers and clients living with dementia.
  • There are a large number of people living with dementia who are already isolated and might be difficult to reach and engage  
  • Capturing and recording the desired quantitative and qualitative data

Member contacts

www.alzheimers.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Recruit and train staff and volunteers to deliver the project and engage people to act as a Project Advisory Group

    Team in place with one early replacement. Volunteer recruitment to start in earnest in the new year with media campaign. Piloting of volunteer training for High Street campaign in Uppermill in January. To be repeated across districts to drive membership for local DAA and gain commitment to Dementia Friendly Communities in each area. 4 CrISP Carer Information Support Programmes now complete, 3 more taking bookings now early 2015. 6 combined carer and person living with dementia support group series providing Support, Help, Access to Resources and Education for Dementia (SHARED) planned in with publicity in production for April to July 2015) 7 Company / Organisation Awareness Sessions run in Uppermill area - ready for development across the other 5 areas now with evaluation tool in place.  3 Project Steering Groups in place and first meeting completed with ToR agreed. 3 more will be formed and meetings planned in following local consultations - a new addition to the projects with adoption of DFC framework.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Team in place with one early replacement. Volunteer recruitment to start in earnest in the new year with media campaign. Piloting of volunteer training for High Street campaign in Uppermill in January. To be repeated across districts to drive membership for local DAA and gain commitment to Dementia Friendly Communities in each area. 4 CrISP Carer Information Support Programmes now complete, 3 more taking bookings now early 2015. 6 combined carer and person living with dementia support group series providing Support, Help, Access to Resources and Education for Dementia (SHARED) planned in with publicity in production for April to July 2015) 7 Company / Organisation Awareness Sessions run in Uppermill area - ready for development across the other 5 areas now with evaluation tool in place.  3 Project Steering Groups in place and first meeting completed with ToR agreed. 3 more will be formed and meetings planned in following local consultations - a new addition to the projects with adoption of DFC framework.

  • Promote Dementia Friendly Community Opportunities

    Campaigns planned with local media in each area to promote the information courses, volunteer opportunities and the High Street campaign. A library of leaflets and adverts have been produced promoting different aspects of the project including "Open Event" invitation, CrISP course, Volunteer leaflet, High Street Folders, Pop-up banner, support posters. Also pocket booklets adapted from associated DFC projects for Businesses and Friends and Neighbours - in planning to find funds for  10,000 reprint for each area from local funding pots.

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    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Campaigns planned with local media in each area to promote the information courses, volunteer opportunities and the High Street campaign. A library of leaflets and adverts have been produced promoting different aspects of the project including "Open Event" invitation, CrISP course, Volunteer leaflet, High Street Folders, Pop-up banner, support posters. Also pocket booklets adapted from associated DFC projects for Businesses and Friends and Neighbours - in planning to find funds for  10,000 reprint for each area from local funding pots. 

  • Dementia awareness sessions for businesses.

    We have delivered 12 information sessions across 2 of the six project areas and will spread and add to this in 2015 when all client facing memebers of the team are able to deliver Dementia Friends sessions

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We have delivered 12 information sessions across 2 of the six project areas and will spread and add to this in 2015 when all client facing memebers of the team are able to deliver Dementia Friends sessions