VAST

Established in 1920, VAST is a registered charity, providing services and support to Voluntary Organisations, Community Groups, Charities and Social Enterprises (VCS) in Staffordshire as well as Corporate Social Responsibility services to local businesses. Our key aim is to improve the quality of life of local residents by: Promoting and advancing professional development VCS organisations Advocating on their behalf at a strategic level through a 2 way dialogue between policy makers and the VCS Developing promoting and supporting volunteering Supporting businesses with CSR locally Professional business service – Accounts; payroll; graphic design; databases With a dedicated team of over 60 professionals we offer an outreach 1-2-1 service across Staffordshire in all 8 districts and the city in additional to drop in at our offices. VAST also offer fully serviced offices at the Hub in Stafford and the Dudson Centre in Stoke on Trent.

Updated:
24 February 2016
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?

VAST intends to promote and encourage its members and contacts to become more engaged with dementia by increasing awareness through Dementia Friends and the role of the DAA thereby helping to create an understanding and supportive environment for those living with dementia, be they living with the disease themselves or are the friends, carers and families of people with dementia.

Using our extensive communication methods we will promote involvement in the DAA, events, services and information sessions available to the public across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. VAST offers development and volunteering support to organisations within the community and will actively engage in supporting a number of support organisations that offer dementia services, and can help them increase their capacity by recruiting volunteers to help run services, fundraise and raise awareness. 

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

As we do not deliver front line dementia services VAST will need to ensure we maintain contact with those that do to in order to keep our message up to date and in line with national strategy. The turnover of staff and introduction of new services across the community and voluntary sector also means that information needs to be regularly released and reviewed to ensure that everyone who accesses VAST’s services has access to the information.

Member website

vast.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Encourage staff to become Dementia Friends

     VAST will offer Dementia Friends Sessions to all staff and enable and encourage everybody to participate and become more dementia aware. Information sessions will be considered as part of staff training and development. 

    Status:
    Planning

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Offering volunteering support to organisations and individuals living with dementia

    VAST’s volunteering department will work to identify volunteering opportunities which may be suitable for people living with dementia. VAST currently have an individualistic approach to brokering volunteers and will ensure that people living with dementia can benefit from this service. VAST will also continue to work with and support organisations that deliver dementia support services. 

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Promotion and awareness of DAA and Dementia Friends

    VAST will actively promote participation in the Dementia Action Alliance using a number of communication methods including social media, Action magazine and the e-bulletin which reaches the 5000 charities, groups and organisations on our mailing list. 

    Status:
    Planning

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Participation in Dementia Awareness Week

    VAST will engage with the annual Dementia Awareness Week, helping to raise the profile of dementia internally and externally wherever possible.

    Status:
    Planning

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Ensuring Dementia Awareness at premises and among staff and tenants.

    At our two Resource Centres – Dudson Centre and the Hub we will ensure that customer service staff are fully aware of supporting/helping people with Dementia.   We will also raise awareness amongst our tenants.  

    Status:
    Planning

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    New member