LimeSkills CIC

LimeSkills supports people who care for others through learning, accredited training, and community projects. A multidisciplinary team of professionals support carers,who are both employed by care providers, volunteers and family carers in subjects such as Moving and Handling, Medication Administration, First Aid, Food Safety and Dementia Awareness, as well as accredited qualifications in Health and Social Care, and Leadership of Adult Care. The organisation is a community interest company, using any surplus to reinvest in services for carers.

Updated:
16 June 2017
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Care, Charity, Community organisations, Domiciliary Care, Education Sector, Social Care, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Ipswich 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?

LimeSkills CIC supports the town in which it is based, Ipswich, working towards being a dementia friendly community.

In support of this, our Director is currently chairing the Steering group.

All staff have attended Dementia Friends sessions in order to increase awareness of the support which may be required by people living with dementia and those who care for them.

A staff member is a Dementia Friends Champion and delivers sessions both in and out of the working day.

Throughout all learning delivered, personal choice, control, dignity and respect are promoted to everyone which supports the seven outcomes of the National Dementia Declaration.

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

The biggest current challenge to delivering support for better outcomes for people living with dementia and their carers is lack of resources.  

Care providers are running very lean due to the cut backs in funding and therefore only permit time for staff to train in mandatory subjects.  

Family carers are facing local services such as support groups and dementia cafes being withdrawn due to lack of funding and without respite opportunites often have little capacity to do more than cope on a day to day basis.

Non care sectors, such as retail, find it difficult to see how supporting people living with dementia and their carers can positively impact on their business.

Member website

www.limeskills.co.uk

2. Actions

  • Train a second member of staff as a Dementia Champion

    In order to increase capacity to deliver Dementia Friends Awareness sessions, train a second member of staff as a Dementia Champion 

    Status:
    Uncompleted

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    No additional current staff have capacity within their roles to add this area of work. Dementia Firends sessions are being delivered regularly and target numbers for new Friends has been exceeded.

  • Deliver information sessions to 40 new Dementia Friends

    Deliver Dementia Friends information sessions to at least 40 people within the next year.

    Status:
    Completed

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Since registration,  11 Dementia Friends sessions have been delivered, with 49 Friends created,  exceeding the annual target.

  • Promote Dementia Awareness

    Dementia Awareness to be promoted through the company website and social media sites

    1) Dementia page to be added to the website giving myth busters and key facts

    2) At least one post per month to feature dementia awareness information

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Social Media posts have included dementia awareness content at least monthly from December 2016.

    Awaiting website 'refresh' to include dementia awareness content on website.

  • Dementia Friends Information Sessions

    Deliver at least one DF information session per month which is publically available in Ipswich.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Provide Chairperson role for DAA

    Director of organisation to donate time to leading and promoting the Ipswich DAA.

    Status:
    Delivery