Age UK Boston and South Holland

Age UK Boston and South Holland work with older people to support a range of services aimed at keeping people independent and in their own homes. We offer a paid for Home Support Service, Information and Advice service, a visiting service, one to one computer sessions, exercise to music, pop in coffee mornings and craft activities. We also support community based coffee mornings, lunch clubs and older people's groups. Our local alliances would be Boston and South Lincolnshire

Updated:
15 March 2017
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Charity
Local Alliances:
South Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance , Boston 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?

Age UK Boston and South Holland aim to help people keep their independence and remain in their own homes. We offer a number of options through our Home suppot Service, from general housework, laundry to shopping and accompanying to appointments. Our Information and Advice service deals with a range issues but by far the most requested is benefit advice including help with completing Attendance Allowance forms and Blue Badge applications. We aim to assist older people to maximise their income to buy in the services that they need. We work with other organisations in our area who are engaged in suporting people living with dementia, their carers or families and in developing strategic aims to develop services.

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

The main challenges are in capacity and funding, as might be expected.

Whilst there is funding available for short term projects there is the danger of raising expectations and then having to withdraw the service when the funding finishes. 

Another challenge is in the ongoing training of staff and volunteers so that we can best support them in their work and in turn support the person living with dementia.

 

Member website

www.ageukbsh.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Partnership working

    To work with partners to deliver a range of services/opportunities for people living with dementia or their carers.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    The Dementia Friendly Garden project has stalled due to capacity issues at Boston College

    Dementia Awareness events attended during 2016

    Working with Boston Borough Council to look at Inactivity in the over 55s