South Derbyshire CVS

South Derbyshire CVS is a local charity (number 1101450) working to improve the quality of life for people in South Derbyshire by: • Providing services which support individuals in need or crisis (for example through our Food Bank, Befriending Service, Mental Health Advocacy, Volunteer Centre, vSPA and Social Car Scheme) • Supporting voluntary groups and communities (for example through community development work, start up support, funding advice, training, information and recruiting volunteers) • Delivering training / learning opportunities to both individuals (e.g. Volunteer Passport, Dementia Friends Information sessions) and groups (e.g. safeguarding, committee roles, volunteer management).

Updated:
27 October 2016
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Voluntary, Voluntary Sector, Charity, Community organisations, Local DAA Members
Local Alliances:
Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance , South Derbyshire 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?

We are actively working to make South Derbyshire CVS and the wider community more dementia friendly, a place where people with dementia are understood, supported, valued, can access services and make choices.  We coordinate and support the delivery of monthly, community-based Dementia Friends Information Sessions in Swadlincote, offering free use of our training room and facilities as well as staff time to deliver the session.  We promote Dementia Friends Information sessions, local dementia support services and the South Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance to local voluntary and community groups, volunteers, our own staff and volunteers, and other partners using our e-newsletters, website, social media and other communication channels.  To date 4 of our staff have trained as Dementia Friends Champions. We have been part of the group working to develop and establish South Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance since its beginning.

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

Staff/volunteer time and resources are limited and we have many other priorities and demands on our time.  Our challenge is to embed understanding and awareness in our core offer to local people and groups, for example we have included Dementia Friends sessions as part of the training for our Befriending Champion volunteers and also delivered to our own staff/volunteers at a staff meeting.  We also need more local Dementia Friends Champions to enable us to offer more Information Sessions including our monthly programme of publicly accessible sessions.

Member website

www.sdcvs.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Make South Derbyshire CVS a dementia friendly organisation

    Deliver Dementia Friends Information Sessions to frontline staff, managers and volunteers to ensure staff are sensitive to the needs of people with dementia and able to signpost people to local sources of help and support. Ensure that this training is included as part of our staff and volunteer induction and refreshers offered through our training / development programme.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Help people with dementia and their carers to get the support they need

    Make sure we know what service provision and voluntary and community sector support there is locally for people with dementia and their carers.  Make sake sure our own staff and volunteers know what is availablepromote this via our networks/communication channels including Dementia Friends Information Sessions.  

    We will also support groups which work with and support people with dementia, and help new voluntary, community and self-help groups to develop, through the provision of funding advice, community development support and small grants allocation

    Status:
    Planning

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Help make South Derbyshire a more dementia friendly community

    We will make sure more people are trained to be Dementia Friends by:

    Encouraging and support our staff and volunteers to train as Dementia Friends Champions, and use our local networks to encourage others to do the same.

    Developing and liaising with a local network of Dementia Friends Champions plus local dementia support workers.

    Working with this network of Champions to organise, coordinate and promote a programme of community-based Dementia Friends Information Sessions (monthly sessions in Swadlincote plus additional sessions in response to requests from other agencies)

    Offering our time and resources such as meeting room space, refreshments, equipment and production of publicity materials to promote the sessions and other DAA activities.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Support the South Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance

    We will support the development of South Derbyshire DAA by playing an active role on its steering group, attending and supporting SD DAA network meetings and using other local forums, networks, communication channels and relationships to raise the profile of Dementia Friendly Communities in South Derbyshire. We will promote South Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance, its events, and activities to create a more dementia friendly community, to local Voluntary and Community Groups, volunteers and other partners.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member