Buckinghamshire Mind is an independent charity working to support and represent people with mental health needs in the local community. We do this through providing high quality services including: Activity Groups and Peer Support Older Adult Day Services Befriending Employment Support We work to provide a voice for people with mental health needs, to fight stigma and campaign to influence policy and decision making locally. We are committed to making sure our services are inclusive and meet the diverse needs of people in Buckinghamshire. We are affiliated to National Mind which means that Buckinghamshire Mind meets Minds quality standards of governance. Buckinghamshire Mind is run by local people for local people and is responsible for its own funding and the services it provides.
- 19 July 2017
- Local Alliances:
- Buckinghamshire 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?
Through a small friendly group setting, we provide support, companionship and stimulation for people who have become isolated in the local community through dementia. Our specialist workers develop close working relationships with all our service users and a real understanding of their needs. Each person is seen as an individual and is treated with respect and dignity. We actively encourage our service users to continue to have a voice which will be listened to. We place a strong emphasis on developing good working relationships with families and carers in order to help us provide the best quality support.
Carers’ needs are also important to us we run cares support / coffee mornings, giving carers the opportunity to meet with other carers.
We aim to network with other organisations to keep our service users and carers in touch with other services which can be accessed to help people to remain living in their own home.
Throughout the organisation we will promote a better understanding of living with dementia from both the person and carers perspectives.
We will actively look to recruit volunteers to support staff working within our older adult service. Volunteers’ will be valued and receive training and support.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The main challenges we face are:
Funding – For the continuation of a high quality service for service users and support for carers.
For renewal of resources and provision of new activities
For additional staff training
Our organisation needs to ensure that existing funding is maintained and utilised in the most cost effective way. We need to be proactive in sourcing other funding streams.
Meeting demand - From new referrals
Current service users who wish to increase the number of days attended.
Volunteers – Encouraging perspective volunteers into volunteering within the Older Adult Service to
Support existing staff to ensure that individual needs continue to be met.
Keeping staff updated with other local services which could offer support to service users and carers and to sign post to those services where appropriate.
All service users and carers to be made aware of Buckinghamshire Mind service user council
To encourage representation from the older adult service to have a ‘voice’ in how the service is delivered and ideas for future growth, SU's and carers will be given the opportunity to attend SUC meetings. Alternatively suggestions can be fed through to the SUC via on site suggestion boxes, service user/carer impact surveys and via email to the Chair of the SUC.
- Being implemented
All service users / carers to be made aware of other organisations which can be accessed for support
The OAS team to maintain links and liaise with other organisations to ensure that SU's and carers are kept up to date with all local support services.
Sharing of activities and resources.
As funding is limited, developing a sharing of resources with other local day service providers will enable a more extensive and cost effective programme of activities.
2017 - First Quarter Update
There has been limited interest in sharing activity resources, with only two requests made over the last year.