Hednesford Town Council

Local Council serving the residents and local community groups of Hednesford

Updated:
22 July 2016
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Arts, Care, Communication, Faith Groups, Finance, Health, Hospitality, Legal, Local Authorities, Membership Organisations, Other, Recreation, Retail, Schools, Utility, Voluntary Sector, Education Sector, Emergency Services Sector, Transport Sector, Commissioners Sector
Local Alliances:
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Dementia Action Alliance, South Staffordshire 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?

Hednesford Town Council was formed in 2000 following a Parish review of the District of Cannock Chase, Staffordshire. The Town Council was created to cover 3 local areas known as Anglesey, Pye Green and West Hill. The Council comprises 10 Councillors elected from within the Town every four years and as well as providing and maintaining a much valued Community Centre at Pye Green plays a significant role in improving the quality of life of residents of the Town

 

 

Hednesford Town Council is uniquely placed to work in partnership across the local community in support of the National Dementia Declaration outcomes. As well as being a statutory body at the heart of the community, the Town Council is currently supporting the establishment of Hednesford in Partnership (HiP), an umbrella organisation to look after the interests of the Town and bring about and promote various initiatives. HiP includes representation from the charity and voluntary sectors and traders and will be used as a channel to stimulate the dementia friendly message

In 2013, Hednesford Town Council moved from its temporary office to a purpose built and adapted premises at Pye Green Community Centre. The building utilises a friendly and welcoming design to provide a drop-in community and service hub for the town and much needed meeting and activity space for a variety of local organisations. Specific campaigns and awareness raising sessions can be runfrom this prominent building – it is the Council’s intention that providing information and awareness about dementia will be one such campaign.

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

i) Hednesford Town Council must train its own staff to be dementia aware, as well as ensuring that its premises are configured appropriately (e.g., lighting, signage etc.).

ii) In partnership with other organisations, Hednesford Town Council must raise awareness of dementia and attempt to coordinate local businesses and organisations to better reflect the principles of the National Dementia Declaration into their own day-to-day operations.

iii) Working in conjunction with people who might have dementia or memory problems – and with local organisations who work directly with such people (e.g.,MASE, GPs surgeries etc) – Hednesford Town Council will work over the medium-term to maintain a local dementia network. While this network should be run by either those who work closely with people who have dementia or by people with dementia themselves, Hednesford Town Council should be an important partner in supporting this network over the long term.

Member website

www.hednesford-tc.gov.uk

2. Actions

  • Hednesford Town Council will work to ensure the Pye Green Community Centre’ is a sensitive environment for those who have dementia

    This will include excellent lighting, clear signage and a ‘quiet room’ for someone to take a few moments to compose themselves when confused or upset.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Dementia Awareness

    Hednesford Town Council intends that all of its members and employees will have – to a greater or lesser extent – an awareness of dementia and how they might sensitively engage with someone who has memory issues.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Hednesford Town Council will promote ‘Dementia Awareness’ across the town

    Working in partnership with service providers and HiP, there will be extensive publicity, media networking and running a series of information sessions about local groups/services out of the new Information Centre. Publicity material will include specially-designed shopfront displays, along with posters and leaflets for across the town. There will be a focus not just on awareness raising, but also practical measures – this will include encouraging uptake of groups/services and recruiting volunteers (e.g., ‘Dementia Friends’).

    Status:
    Implementation

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • As part of the ‘Dementia Awareness Week’, there will also be an effort to coordinate local businesses and organisations for a training session to be held in the new Information Centre

    Those businesses/organisations that send a representative to attend this training session will be encouraged to cascade this training (in some form) to the remainder of their staff. They will also be asked to join the regional alliance. Businesses/organisations that fulfil these criteria will be given a ‘Dementia Friendly Hednesford’ sticker for their shopfront window. The aim will be to instil a sense of pride in the town about our awareness of – and sensitivity towards – the issues surrounding dementia.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Hednesford Town Council will help to establish a local dementia network

    Drawing-in service users, providers and community groups, the aim of this network will be to monitor the support and awareness of dementia in the town. It will provide a long-term mechanism to both ensure that the town is being supportive of those with dementia and to keep relevant stakeholders talking to one another (e.g., GPs surgeries, schools, community groups etc).

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    New member