Springboard – Oldham Dementia Carers Group

We provide a safe, accessible service to create a weekly, educational support group. We aim to enhance awareness and provide a collective voice for local service users and carers, therby enhancing awareness within the community and helping to eradicate stigma and ignorance. We provide a 7-day manned helpline for support and general enquiries. We have, and will continue to, influence local health and social care services appropriate to dementia. We will provide or assist in the provision of facilities and social activities (within the boundaries of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham and its surrounding areas) for recreation and leisure time occupation of people suffering from all types of dementia and their families, friends and carers. This includes the provision of emotional and practical support, advice, education and the raising of public awareness of dementia.

Updated:
30 May 2014
Location:
North West
Local Alliances:
Oldham 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?

Ensuring the group continues to raise adequate funds to enable room hire, insurances, etc and ensuring volunteers have enough capacity to organise activities and events. 

 Sustaining volunteers, maintaining and continuing effective governance, keeping abreast of local, national and international developments in dementia. 

 Identifying sources of appropriate funding, locally, regionally and nationally. 

 Maintaining membership of the group and being able to sustain it financially and maintaining focus – devising various activities to keep the group stimulated and feeling engaged, in a safe secure environment, with a committee which has integrity, accountability and probity.

 Public ignorance is a challenge – there is a view that such problems are  just a part of growing older.

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

 Ensuring the group continues to raise adequate funds to enable room hire, insurances, etc and ensuring volunteers have enough capacity to organise activities and events. 

 Sustaining volunteers, maintaining and continuing effective governance, keeping abreast of local, national and international developments in dementia. 

 Identifying sources of appropriate funding, locally, regionally and nationally. 

 Maintaining membership of the group and being able to sustain it financially and maintaining focus – devising various activities to keep the group stimulated and feeling engaged, in a safe secure environment, with a committee which has integrity, accountability and probity.

 Public ignorance is a challenge – there is a view that such problems are  just a part of growing older.

2. Actions

  • Improve the awareness of assistive technology - targeting service users with dementia and their carers.

    To host educational group sessions on (a) assistive technology and (b) visual impairment for service users and carers.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Enable service users and carers to participate in craft sessions

    Deliver various craft sessions for people living with dementia and carers to attend

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Ensure service users and carers who are members of the group have the opportunity to become Dementia Friends

    Arrange a session with a Dementia Friends Champion to deliver to the group members.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Participate in Post-Diagnostic Training sessions hosted by NHS Services

     Action Description: Deliver training sessions to members, and non-members, of the group on the subjects of:

    (a) Power of Attorney

    (b) Benefits and local support

    (c) Lifestory work

    Status:
    Delivery