Support Staffordshire Cannock Chase

Support Staffordshire Cannock Chase provides capacity building support to the voluntary and community sector in Cannock Chase. It also operates the Volunteer Centre for Cannock Chase. In addition, it provides services to fill gaps in provision in the community (for example: Community Transport and Home Comforts, the furniture and other goods re-use service). It also works in partnership with other agencies (for example: Social Care & Health and Children’s Services) to deliver services that support the community. These include Community Liaison Support and Community Wellbeing Service.

Updated:
22 July 2016
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Dementia Action Alliance, Cannock Chase 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 aim to encourage and facilitate support from the local community by raising awareness and increasing the number of Dementia Friends and Dementia Friendly organisations. This will, in turn, help to create a supportive environment for those living with dementia and their carers, ensuring they have a sense of belonging and being part of the local community.

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

We need to ensure all our staff are trained in dementia awareness and relate this to their everyday roles. We need to work hard to encourage other organisations and businesses to be aware of the part they have to play in creating a dementia friendly society. We need to maintain interest and awareness in the initiative to generate a continuous improvement approach.

Member website

www.chase-cvs.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Seeking funding and support to implement various initiatives

    Finding sources of funding including, grant aid, sponsorship, resource commitments from organisations/agencies/businesses, in kind contributions, volunteer time.  Ensuring applications are made to grant bodies and that commitments and in kind contributions are recognised and valued.

    Continued action to source funding to develop Dementia Friendly Communities in further areas across Cannock Chase.

    Funding has been secured to work in new areas within the Cannock Chase District

    Status:
    Completed

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Meeting with commissioners to continue work on Dementia Friendly Communities in Cannock Chase District

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    Sourced funding to develop Dementia Friendly Communities in Norton Canes and Rugeley

  • Supporting local communities to become dementia friendly

    We are currently gathering and informing partners to help support the initiative to create Dementia Friendly Communities in local towns. 

    Keeping partners informed of activities and progress will help to ensure initial enthusiasm is maintained.  Action planning will take place, involving key partners to ensure progress continues to be made.

    We are now involving further partners to spread the word about Dementia Friendly Communities.

    We are supportive of the work being done in Cannock Chase AONB

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Hednesford has now received the Dementia Friendly Communities recognition award. We are now looking to work with other partners to replicate this work in Norton Canes and Rugeley.

  • Staff to become dementia aware

    We will aim for all of our staff to become Dementia Friends and those who wish to go on to become Dementia Champions will be encouraged to do so. We will also encourage staff to attend refresher courses where appropriate.

    All staff in our local office are now Demetia Friends and any new staff will be encouraged to take part in a session

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    All of our staff except two new starters are now Dementia Friends. The two staff who have not yet attended a session will be offered the opportunity to go to one, as will any new staff in the future.

  • Dementia Friendly Environment

    Support Staffordshire Cannock Chase aim to be welcoming and supportive of all of our visitors, and would endeavor to assist anyone who visited the centre who appeared confused or disorientated.

    In the future we would look into the possibility of becoming a Safe Place in partnership with the initative delivered locally by Staffordshire Police.

    Status:
    Uncompleted

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    New action