Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia

REPoD (Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia) is a nationwide network for Rotary Clubs and Rotarians who believe that it is time to take direct action within their own communities to provide practical help and support to families who are living with dementia.

Updated:
13 April 2017
Location:
National
Sectors:
Health, Recreation, Communication

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?

REPoD (Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia) is a nationwide network for Rotary Clubs and Rotarians who believe that it is time to take direct action within their own communities to provide practical help and support to families who are living with dementia. 

There are 1,850 Rotary Clubs across England Ireland, Wales and Scotland comprising 54,000 members, men and women of all ages who are business, professional and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve communities locally and around the world.  

REPoD provides regular updates on projects that Rotarians can support via its website and via speakers who attend club meetings and district conferences. The REPoD website also carries a downloadable Carers’ Pathways guide and signposts key Dementia information sites on the web. 

Many Clubs around the UK are already involved in a variety of different community based projects aimed at supporting people living with dementia and their carers, these include: 

· Initiating, setting up and funding local Memory Cafes
· Volunteering at Memory Cafes and as Hospital visitors
· Providing Memory Boxes full of reminiscence materials and specially recorded REMIND singalong music CDs to Memory Cafes, Care Homes and Hospitals Wards.
· Fundraising to support a variety of national Dementia Charities, including the Alzheimer  Society, Dementia UK, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Picks Disease Support Group.
· Helping to provide information on local support for the REPoD website’s national database 

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

As one of the largest volunteering organisations in the country there are many competing demands on Rotary Clubs and Rotarians both in the UK and from overseas.   REPoD must ensure that projects supporting local families living with dementia continue to have a high priority on the list of ‘opportunities to serve’ for clubs and their members.  We must also continue to educate Rotarians as to the many and varied challenges dementia presents within the community.

Member contacts

Member website

http://www.repod.org.uk/

2. Actions

  • Raise the profile of the dementia strategy

    Raise the profile of the dementia strategy amongst Rotary Clubs by ensuring that clubs receive regular updates and information on how Rotarians can support local and national projects. We will also provide REPoD speakers to make regular appearances in clubs around the UK and at regional and national Rotary conferences.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We are continuing to develop partnerships with local groups to ensure that Rotary Clubs work in collaboration with other groups to enhance the effectiveness of dementia support in the community

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    We have continued to provide speakers for local clubs and regional Rotary conferences as well as exhibiting at the several conferences across the UK.  

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    We have provided speakers and displays at four different Regional Rotary conferences as well as the National Inner Wheel Conference.  We will be sending an update to all the Rotary membership for the start of the Rotary new year in July 2013.

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2012 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

    2012 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

    2012 - First Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA) 

  • Encourage Rotary Clubs to initiate or join

    Encourage Rotary Clubs to initiate or join existing Dementia Alliances with a view to creating a dementia friendly community in their town, village or city.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We are now part of an international Rotary Action Group on Dementia and will be making presentations on Dementia Friendly Communities and Memory Cafes at the International Rotary Convention in Brazil in June 2015

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    We continue to work with Rotary Clubs advising them on how to set up and become involved with Dementia Action Alliances in their areas.

    We are also working with Alzheimer's Disease International and Rotary International to encourage and support dementia friendly community initiatives internationally.

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    Rotarian Tony Parker has taken on the role of REPoD's Dementia Friendly Communities co-ordinator as well as the Chairman of the Tavistock Dementia Action Alliance.

    Rotary Clubs are currently involved in plans to set up several new Dementia Alliances in the South West.

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    Nothing to report

    2012 - Third Quarter Update

    Between now and December 2012 we have both a speaker and a REPoD display at two Regional Rotary Conferences:

    District 1050 – covering Cheshire, Derbyshire, Gt Manchester

    District 1210 – covering Shropshire, Staffordshire and W Midlands

    2012 - Second Quarter Update

    Nothing to report

    2012 - First Quarter Update

    Nothing to report

  • Encourage Rotary clubs to increase community awareness

    Encourage Rotary clubs to increase community awareness and understanding of dementia through publicity and marketing involving local media, businesses, schools and civic groups.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We have been organising Dementia Friends training for Rotary Clubs across the UK.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    We are continuing to organise Dementia Friends training for Rotary Clubs across the UK

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    Nothing to report

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    Nothing to report

    2012 - Third Quarter Update

    We have already been involved with the setting up of the Tavistock Dementia Action Alliance, the first Rotary initiated community action group aimed at creating a dementia friendly community in the town. We are currently working with the Falmouth and Wadebridge Rotary Clubs in Cornwall to develop similar initiatives as well as encouraging other clubs across the UK to follow suit.

    2012 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

    2012 - First Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

  • Help Rotary Clubs to identify volunteer projects

    Help Rotary Clubs to identify volunteer projects that can offer practical support in the home to local families living with dementia.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    We are continuing with are various communities projects and are in the process of initiating the setting up of a Sensory Garden in Tavistock in Devon to act as a template for other Rotary Clubs across the UK.  The project is being run in conjunction with the town council and a local environmental group Transition Tavistock. 

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    We are continuing to help Rotary Clubs set up Memory Cafes in their area either working alone or in partnership with other community groups

    We are encouraging fundraising for Dementia UK and Admiral Nurses to enable more Admiral Nurses to be commissioned

    We have begun to create a template for Memory Friendly Worship via a relationship with Wadebridge Rotary Club, Wadebridge Dementia Action Alliance and local faith groups

    We continue to supply Memory Boxes for Rotary Clubs to donate to local Memory Cafes, Day Care Facilities and Hospital Wards 

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    We are looking at developing an exisiting Rotary project from Buckinghamshire called the Lend a Hand scheme.

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    Nothing to report

    2012 - Third Quarter Update

    We are currently working with Devon Senior Voice to organise a West Devon Dementia Awareness Day on November 23rd at which we hope to have Angela Rippon as our keynote speaker.

    2012 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

    2012 - First Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA) 

  • Link with Rotaract

    Link with Rotaract (Young Rotary) to investigate ways to support young people who are living with a loved one with dementia.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Princes Risborough Rotary Club's Interact Club has just won an award for their work setting up and running a Memory Cafe in Buckinghamshire.  We will ber showing a video of their project at the International Rotary Convention in Brazil. 

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    We have been developing this project with Interact (Interact is a Rotary club for young people ages 12-18 run within schools.  Several Interact Clubs have developed Memory Cafe projects with the support of their local Rotary Club.   

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    This project is still in the development stage and we are hoping to link with Young Carers and local Schools.

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    Nothing to report

    2012 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

    2012 - Second Quarter

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)Update

    2012 - First Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

  • Encourage fundraising initiatives.

    Encourage fundraising initiatives.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    This is ongoing

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    This is ongoing

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    This is ongoing

    2012 - Third Quarter Update

    This is Ongoing

    2012 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

    2012 - First Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

  • Partnership with other community organisations

    Work in partnership with other community organisations and national groups to develop a strong volunteer network to provide more localised support for people with dementia and their carers.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    These partnerships are ongoing and we are also working with community environmental groups to develop Community Sensory Garden projects

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    These partnership are ongoing.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    We have formed part of the Civil Society & Voluntary Sector sub group of the Prime Minister's Dementia Champions Group

    We are working in partnership with Abbeyfield, MHA to develop Memory Cafes and Care in the community projects

    WI and Inner Wheel to develop Fidget Quilts and Memory Boxes to donate

    Dementia UK to raise monies to support Admiral Nurses

    Alzheimer's Disease International to create Dementia Friendly Communities internationally

    Rotary International's Rotary Action Group for Dementia to increase funding for international research and share good practice for supporting those living with dementia worldwide. 

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    This is ongoing

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    This is ongoing

    2012 - Third Quarter Update

    This is ongoing

    2012 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

    2012 - First Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)