Carers Association Southern Staffordshire

Carers Association Southern Staffordshire provides support for over 5,000 adult carers and 480 young carers. CASS has been working with carers in the 6 areas of Southern Staffordshire since 1996.

Updated:
30 September 2015
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Dementia Action Alliance, South Staffordshire 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?

CASS runs six, monthly Living Well with Dementia Groups where people with dementia, their families, carers and friends can come together in a safe environment.  The service aim is to provide emotional support, information and the opportunity for discussion for people living with dementia.  Peer support is encouraged. Awareness raising sessions keep carers informed of developments in dementia care. The groips are tailored to create a normalised environment to enable people with dementia to feel involved, valued and engaged with their community.

We value the feedback we receive from carers at the end of each session.  This feedback enables us to improve the service we provide and helps us when planning future services. It also demonstrated to carers that their opinions and views are valued. Where necessary improvements are made to ensure the needs of everyone attending are met.

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

The uncertainly of future funding. Identifying carers and people with dementia. Getting professionals to recognise carers and people with dementia. Carers and people with dementia do not always have their voices heard. CASS hears first hand the struggles and challenges carers face and it is important that we are able to pass on this information to policy makers at local, national and regional level. Empowering carers, who are often very tired and stressed from carrying out their caring role, to become involved in  planning future services.

2. Actions

  • Increase awareness of carers and their needs

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  • Promote the support available locally and nationally through activities

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  • Encourage GPs to refer to our service

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