Beth Johnson Foundation

The Foundation is a UK charity with an international reach. We demonstrate how to build resislience in people across life's key transistions by developing individual an community strength to achieve our visision that everyone should enjoy a great older age.

Updated:
5 April 2017
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Dementia Action Alliance, South Staffordshire 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?

The Foundation has provided dementia advocacy since 1998. The dementia advocate project's prime aim is to enable people living with dementia to achieve living with their dementia in a manner they would wish for whenever possible.

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

The current climate of resourses in relation to funding. For example supporting the person living with dementia to stay living indepenedently in the current climate of cuts is difficult as there are limited domicilary care providers. Care providers appear to have little or no dementia training. The outcome relating to knowledge can also be difficult to support if the person does not know what question to ask.

Member website

http://www.bjf.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Produce a short film with the Peer Support Group

    The peer dementia advocacy group have produced  a short film relating to issues they have and how they might be resolved.

    Status:
    Completed

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    the film was completed in 2014 and to date has been viewed by 705

  • To develop a dementia peer advocacy model. Dementia advocacy peer support group meetings

    The dementia advocacy project recently launched a  DVD. The DVD was made by the focus group consisting of people living with dementia. On the DVD the group talk about issues they have and how these issues might be resolved. Action to source funding to form more focus groups of people living with dementia to enable them to raise awareness of dementia in the highlighted on the DVD.

    Action to develop peer dementia advocacy.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    The peer support group continue to meet frequently and are as individual members involved with many initiatives relating to dementia.

    The group offer each other support with various issues they have.

    The peer support group are also currently involved with DAW working with schools.

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    The peer support group continues to meet regularly and many of the members are proactive in external groups related to dementia. Therefore the group alongside offering peer support are able to feel as individuals they are having input into dementia stategies.

    The peer support group continue to meet frequently and are as individual members involed with many initiatives relating to dementia.

  • Provide dementia advocacy.

    Provide one to one specialist dementia advocacy to people with dementia who have specific issues.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    The dementia advocacy project continues to provide specialist dementia advocacy to clients who often have complex issues.

    The project also provides dementia friends sessions to various groups and is currently in the process of providing a pilot dementia friends session to people from the profoundly deaf comnuntiy. 

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    we continue to offer dementia advocacy to people with dementia who have specific issues.

    The dementia advocacy project continues to provide specialist dementia advocacy to clients who often have complex issues.