Good Deeds Trust

We raised enough funds to set up 4 Dementia cafes throughout the borough back in 2010 of which the Alzeimers Society run. They now run 8. Due to the success of them we decided to start our own in a local library for people who didn’t like being in a crowd. Things progressed from there as people with dementia and their carers where worried about the person with dementia going out alone and not remembering how to get home. We looked at modern technology and devices that would fit onto a person on item of clothing and created Guardian Angels. Please check out the website www.dementiabuddy.co.uk for further details. We only launched the Guardian Angels in March 2015 & GM fire and Rescue, GM Police and Wigan Council instantly came on board. A pilot is now in force for the estimated 3000 people in Wigan Borough with a role out throughout Greater Manchester in the future.

Updated:
30 July 2015
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Wigan 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 launched the Guardian Angels in March 2015 & the Partnership working with GM fire and Rescue, GM Police and Wigan Council has meant that the estimated 3000 people in Wigan Borough with dementia will be offered 2 free Guardian Angel devices, with a role out throughout Greater Manchester and possibly the country in the future. Phase 1 of the pilot is now in progress as the 14 volunteers of Good Deeds Trust are visiting as many organisations and town centres as possible to spread the message thus awareness of the Guardian Angels. The devices are unique in that they have an NFC (near field communication) chip inside them. All 4 devices are identifiable by the Dementia Buddy logo and are what we call dementia blue in colour. The difference with these devices is that it is people with dementia and their carers that have come up with them rather than a device being out there that might do. They are a fraction of the cost of other devices, making them affordable for everyone if funding streams are not found to supply them free.

Anyone with an NFC enabled phone (in all modern phones as contactless payment enabled) up to 5 years old can help get the person wearing one home safely. So if you see anyone wearing a Guardian Angel who looks lost or confused then with a touch of your phone you will instantly know the person with Dementia FIRST NAME ONLY along with the telephone number of their carer. You can even pass the phone over so they can speak to them personally.

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

Training the Police and Fire Brigade officers is now underway and once the devices start to spread their wings and move into other areas, there will be a need for other volunteers and I’m sure apprentices to allow the expansion to be done in a controlled way. Lancashire Police have found out about Guardian Angels and are looking to support them to approximately 20,000 people with dementia throughout Lancashire.

More support is needed to publicise on how to spot the Guardian Angel devices through local radio stations and in newspapers.                

Member contacts

www.dementiabuddy.co.uk

Member website

www.dementiabuddy.co.uk

2. Actions

  • How can we make more people with dementia aware of devices that allow them to live their life?

    We will connect to more partner organisations to help with the awareness of the Guardian Angels

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Use the support of Partner Organisations

    By implementing, that everyone who has a Guardian Angel device also receives a Fire Safety check and smoke alarms fitted from the Borough Fire and rescue service.     

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Raising awareness of Dementia

    We have 2 Dementia Champions who deliver Dementia Friends sessions for volunteers and the local community. We run a monthly dementia café at Atherton Library for people living dementia and their carers.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member