Alzheimer’s Society Kent & Medway

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers through our publications, National Dementia Helpline, website and more than 2000 local services. We campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia and greater understanding of dementia. We also fund an innovative programme of medical and social research into the cause, cure and prevention of dementia and the care people receive.

Updated:
13 March 2017
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Ashford (Kent) Dementia Action Alliance, Thanet Dementia Action Alliance, Shepway Dementia Action Alliance, Dementia Action Alliance Faversham, Dover and Deal Dementia Action Alliance, Swale Dementia Action Alliance, West Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Canterbury Dementia Action Alliance, Sandwich Dementia Action Alliance, Medway 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?

We campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia and greater understanding of dementia. We also fund an innovative programme of medical and social research into the cause, cure and prevention of dementia and the care people receive.

Locally in Kent & Medway we provide the following services: Day Services, Home Support Service, Dementia Support Workers, Dementia Café’s, Peer Support Groups and Activity Groups.

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

There may be some challenges around capacity for local staff to attend regular meetings. However, we will endeavour to support the local alliance where we can such as providing information and are committed to working collaboratively with partners in the local community to see better outcomes for people with dementia and their carer’s in the community.

Member website

www.alzheimers.org.uk

2. Actions

  • User Involvement

    We will ensure that people with dementia and their carers are consulted with to ensure our services meet their diverse and changing needs.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Our Service User Review Panel in Canterbury is now well established and going from strength to strength.  We continue to support Memorybillia in partnership with Kent & Medway Partnership Trust.  This user involvement group continue to thrive and have recently launched their own website.  We are currently supporting a local Alzheimer's Society Ambassador to challenge the stigma of dementia and championing dementia friendly communities both at local and national events.  We continue to support people affected by dementia to influence both local and national agenda's. 

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    We continue to consult with people with dementia and/or their carers regarding services that they receive.  We have involved a person with dementia in a successful application to the DEEP fund.  We have re-established a Service User Review Panel in order that they can comment on Alzheimer's Society's publications, projects etc.  We are commencing on Making Evaluation Count project to measure the impact our services have

  • Raising awareness of dementia

    We are committed to raising awareness and a better understanding of dementia and providing up to date information, through leaflets, events, talks  and inviting people to become Dementia Friends and Dementia Friends Champions.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    We continue to raise awareness of dementia across Kent & Medway and during the last year, have made more effective use of social media as a tool to acheive this.  We have used facebook to promote what is going on within our services as well as national Alzheimer's initiatives.  We continue to make use of our community roadshow bus which has visited Canterbury and Maidstone during the last year, as well as attending the Kent County Show last year.    We held a very successful open day at our newly extended Maidstone premises which was very well attended, including local MP Helen Grant which attracted press coverage.  We continue to engage our local MP's to ensure that the needs of people affected by dementia remain on the political agenda.

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    We continue to raise awareness of dementia across the county.  We have taken part in media activity, including BBC Radio Kent Interviews and on ITV Meridian News.  We have begun to use social media much more effectively in promoting what our services are able to offer and achieve, and highlighting the achievements of our client groups.  We participate in community dementia awareness events with our colleagues from local DAA's and Dementia Friendly Community Forums.  We are engaging with local Nepalese Communities, and increasing our inter-generational work with schools

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    We continue to raise awareness of dementia across the county and have taken part in media activity, including the BBC Inside Out coverage in October 2014 and during Dementia Awareness Week 2015.  The Dementia Roadshow bus has visited Medway during 2014/2015 and Pembury & Sevenoaks during 2014.  We have attended various forums and awareness raising events as well as talking Patient Participation Groups, CCG protected learnign time events amongs others

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    We continue to raise awareness of dementia across the county and have taken part in media activity, including the BBC Inside Out coverage in October 2014 and during Dementia Awareness Week 2015.  The Dementia Roadshow bus has visited Medway during 2014/2015 and Pembury & Sevenoaks during 2014.  We have attended various forums and awareness raising events as well as talking Patient Participation Groups, CCG protected learnign time events amongs others.

  • Working in partnership

    We are committed to working with partners across the community to share resources, avoid duplication and deliver cohesive, joined up services to people with dementia and their carers in the community

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Our Dementia Support Workers continue to support monthly Dementia Drop In's across the county in partnership with other organisations such as Age UK, Carer's Organisations, Kent & Medway Partnership Trust.  Our Maidstone Dementia Support Service supports Dr Chan's clinic at Maidstone Hospital where younger people and those with rarer forms of dementia are diagnosed.  We support a number of community run dementia cafe's across the county.

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    We continue to work alongside our VCS colleagues in promoting dementia awareness and dementia friendly communities within the county.  We have also worked with business partners, most notably Cripps Solicitors and have started a new colloboration with Lloyds Bank in Tonbridge.  We have supported Age UK Whose Shoes programme and attended carers awareness events with our carer support agency colleagues.  We work closely with local memory clinics to ensure that people newly diagnosed with dementia have access to support and information.  We are also working with Dr Chan at Maidstone Hospital, providing a Dementia support Worker to attend his clinic when giving a diagnosis of dementia to his patients.

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    We have colloborated with other organisations throughout 2014/2015, most notably during Dementia Awareness Week where a number of events were held in local DAA area's.  We have attended CCG protected learning time events with other VCS colleagues, are members of a number of Dementia Action Alliances and Dementia Friendly Communities forums and attend Dementia Strategy groups across the county.

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Innovation

    We will continue to listen to our service users, challenge our working practices for the better and be innovative in our thinking for developing new services.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    We continue to consult our service users about our service provision via our making evaluation count programme and implement changes where needed.  In 2017, we are introducing a new quality assurance tool to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our clients and adjust service provision accordingly.

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    We continually review our service provision, by both self assessment and our annual evaluation programme Making Evaluation Count.  Nationally, a new Side by Side programme is being piloted in order that people affected by dementia are able to take part in community activities.  We have scoped the potential to use digital technology to meet the needs of our ever changing client group, in particular younger people with dementia.  We will take this scoping forward in 2016/2017

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    We continue to review our service provision to ensure it is meeting the needs of people with dementia and/or their carers.  We are currently scoping ways in which we can support people with dementia to access community activities, looking at how to best meet the needs of younger people with dementia, people with learning disabilities and dementia and how best to support people from BAME communities and other marginalised groups in society affected by dementia

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member