The Wrinkly Roadshow
The Wrinkly Roadshow was established to take information, advice and support to local communities to help the older generation gather information they need to live a full and happy life. We want to ensure that older people know their rights, where to go for high quality information, who to ask for high quality advice and what companies to use for high quality support. We provide a quality network of larger organisations and smaller community groups to help meet this need. We provide our service by way of day exhibitions in local village communities and web based and paper based information leaflets
- 13 January 2016
- South East
- Care, Communication, Finance, Legal, Recreation, Telecare, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Ashford (Kent) Dementia Action Alliance, Thanet Dementia Action Alliance, Shepway Dementia Action Alliance, Dover and Deal Dementia Action Alliance, Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Dementia Action Alliance, Swale Dementia Action Alliance, West Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Canterbury Dementia Action Alliance, Sandwich Dementia Action Alliance, Medway Dementia Action Alliance, Rye & District Dementia Action Alliance (RDDAA)
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 Wrinkly Roadshow is about joining the dots. There is a distinct lack of joined up thinking in relation to older person care which results in individuals falling through the cracks. We aim to join those dots and deliver a trust worthy resource to our communities by village information days, the establishment of village and community groups which are lacking in existing bustling communities and creating a feeling of inclusivity within communities.
The Wrinkly Roadshow would not exist without working with its partners. We support other charities, private organizations and community groups by working together, sharing knowledge, expenses and communities who need our help. We hope to build more inclusive supportive networks and provide training and support to these networks as well as communities.
As an inclusive organisation we provide this information, advice and support to all individuals whether they are an older person or not. All our events are to be dementia friendly and we hope to recruit dementia friends in the process and eliminate the stigma associated with the illness.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The challenges we face are numerous but we will try and tackle each of these in turn. The size of the job of joining the dots is enormous. We will start by running community days to find out what services are already available and then will work with our partners to fill those gaps.
Funding and time is an issue. Charitable bodies are not able to provide time or funds to co-ordinate a resolution to this problem. We can. We can co-ordinate agencies to work together to provide a better service.
Understanding elderly issues could be a problem. This is why we will work with specialist providers who do understand the issues that older people face and also understand how to resolve them. This could be by different methods of communication, more support or simply a cup of tea!
We will hold regular Wrinkly Roadshow Tour dates across Kent starting in Maidstone and then rolling out to Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks and then to North Kent ie Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley before looking at Medway and East Kent as areas to help. We will use existing older care providers, word of mouth and local press and radio to raise awareness of the Wrinkly Roadshow.
Whilst we are working in these communities we will identify the existing provision of information, advice and support services and co-ordinate this through the Wrinkly Roadshow website. At the same time we will look at working with partners to document existing pathways for elderly care in a clear and understandable fashion.
Whilst we are working in these communities we will identify the existing provision of information, advice and support services and co-ordinate this through the Wrinkly Roadshow website. We will reference these providers to ensure quality care and promote them through our website. We will identify local community groups who need help with promotion to increase membership by including them on our website. Our website calendar will detail all community events that are being held. This is to help prevent exclusion of the older communities and those with specific illnesses or needs.
At the same time we will look at working with partners to document existing pathways for elderly care in a clear and understandable fashion.
Whilst we are working in these communities we will identify the existing provision of information, advice and support services and co-ordinate this through the Wrinkly Roadshow website but we will use this information to build clear pathways for elderly care in a clear and understandable fashion. You will be able to use our website to map an illness from diagnosis to end of life and after life care using the existing information available and new information identified in a joined up fashion.