Alzheimers Society Leicestershire and Rutland

Offering a variety of services for people affected by dementia and their families across Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland, including dementia support, hospital dementia support, befriending, Side by Side, dementia cafes, activity groups, peer support groups and advocacy as well as offering opportunities for volunteering.

Updated:
13 October 2017
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Charity, Community organisations, Health, Local DAA Members, Social Care, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Dementia Action Alliance , Blaby District Dementia Action Alliance, Hinckley and Bosworth 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 here for anyone worried about or affected by dementia. We provide information and support, fund medical and social research, and campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia and greater understanding of the condition.

Everything we do is guided by the things people affected by dementia have said they want to see in their lives.

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

Resources are a major issue for our organisation as in the main our income is attached to contract commissioning which doesn't always involve community engagement.

Member website

www.alzheimers.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Raise awareness of the DAA in the community

    1: All Alzheimer's Society stands to include DAA marketing material

    2: Information Worker to include DAA and DFC in talks with stakeholders

    3: Ensure an EDI theme runs throughout all engagement activity undertaken by the LLR office

    Status:
    Delivered

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    The majority of awareness raising that is done by the LLR team at the Alzheimer's Society now involves an element of awareness raising about the role of the DAA. This has been undertaken by our information worker and a variety of staff across the wider team. A presentation at the regional DAA networking event covered the importance of having an EDI theme underpinning the work of the DAA as they play an intgral part of raising awareness of dementia across seldom seen and heard communities.

  • Improve staff awareness and input into the DAA

    1: DAA and DFC update to be a standard agenda item at team meetings

    2: Agree a DAA management structure within the locality office to ensure representation at all DAA's

    Status:
    Delivered

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Staff are much more aware of the role of the DAA and the emerging theme of Dementia Friendly communities. The plan is to continue to have Dementia Friendly Communities as a priority moving into 2017/2018.

    There is now a mechanism in place within the locality office for the staff that attend district DAA's to meet with the manager attending the LLR DAA in order to channel communication about the work of each of the DAA's and share progress and discuss priorities.

  • Contribute to Dementia Friends Success

    1: Encourage all staff to become Dementia Friends Champions - including directorate staff outside of operations

    2: All staff champions to have targets relating to Dementia Friends recruitment within their annual appraisal

    3: All staff and volunteers to complete dementia friends e package as part of induction

    Status:
    Delivered

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    All operations staff within the LLR office are dementia friends champions and regularly deliver sessions as part of their role. Annual appraisals for 16/17 had targets relating to the recruitment of dementia friends and for the whole of 2016/2017 the staff and volunteers recruited a total of 1292 Dementia Friends. Dementia Friends session is part of every new member of staff induction and volunteer induction.

  • To lead by example in actions from DAA

    1: To ensure timely update of action plan

    2: To ensure timely completion of actions as agreed at meetings

    3: Leicestershire office to work to become a dementia friendly community

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Action plan now up to date. Priority for 17/18 focusing on LLR AS office to become a dementia friendly community in its own right.

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Moving into 2017/2018 these actions will become a priority. There is imporvement to be made in this area of work.

  • Contribute to the future direction of the DAA

    1: Contribute at meetings on terms of reference

    2: Contribute in forming the overall DAA action plan

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Work on the Herbert Protocol has been a key part of the work of the LLR DAA and Alzheimer's Society staff have led on this piece of work.

  • Raise awareness of the DAA in the community

    1: All Alzheimer's Society awareness raising to incorporate promotion of the opportunities for engagement with the DAA.

    2: Community based staff and managers to promote the role of the DAA in areas where there isn't currently one in operation.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    DAA awareness rasising is now embedded thorugh most AS activity. Concentration now should be on promoting the value of the DAA in districts across the county where there isn't one currently.

  • Improve staff awareness and input into the DAA

    1: DAA and DFC update to be a standard agenda item at locality team meetings

    2: Continue quarterly co-ordination meetings with all DAA representatives,

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    New target (2) within this relating to how the work associated with the DAA's are managed across the locality office

  • Contribute to Dementia Friends Success

    1:  Recruit 1500 Dementia Friends throughout the year created by staff and volunteers

    2: At least 5 community link volunteers to be trained as Dementia Friends champions to recruit Dementia Friends in seldom seen and heard communities

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    End of year target figure for 16/17 for staff and volunteers was 1200. Increased target for 2017/2018. Quarterly figures to be provided through LLR DAA.

    Currently in the process of recruiting 3 community link volunteers.