S 2 R (Support to Recovery) Kirklees

Support to Recovery works across Kirklees offering creative opportunities which focus on promoting positive mental health, maintenance of wellbeing and independence, through our many options including The Packhorse Gallery and The Great Outdoors, we also offer Mindfulness, Wellbeing courses and Carers Creative options - which can be attended with or without the person who is cared for, providing the carer retains care responsibility during the session. The services we provide are as diverse as the people we support and we continually aim to ensure our services are as open & inclusive as possible. We continue to use our extensive local knowledge to develop and improve the services we offer.

Updated:
27 August 2015
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Health, Arts, Care
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Kirklees 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?

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 believe that by offering the appropriate care and support, we can help people make progress towards their personal goals, and contribute meaningfully to their community. We aim to provide services which adapt to meet personal needs, and which promote and maintain wellbeing in individuals who access our services.

We continually aim to work in partnership with those who use our services, and with partner organisations, to provide the best possible services and outcomes. We recognise that every person is unique and that positive progress is only achieved by supporting each persons individual needs and goals

All of our services are individualised, and strive to deliver valued outcomes, enabling individuals to reach their full potential.  We passionately believe the individuals who use our services have the right to enjoy a meaningful life in their communities.

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

Kirklees has a large diverse population, which has different cultural groups some of these groups are very hard to reach.  Regardless of socioeconomic, ethnicity, culture, or gender  - mental ill health and dementia can affected anyone in society.  Research shows that BME communities present later to dementia services.

The number of people from BME communities with dementia in the UK has increased, it could suggest people who have moved here during the 1950,s to the 1970s are reaching or in their seventies and eighties. BME communities are mixed groups in terms of gender, age, socioeconomic background, ethnicity and cultural differences.

Our identities and characteristics are also affected by the socio-political context of our lives. These differences will influence the way that services are provide for BME groups who were born outside the UK. Therefore organisations have to start understanding the current generation of BME older people. Aspects of their life histories may need specific thought.

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

S2R works to ensure all attendees feel included in their own progress, their needs met, with outcomes relevent to the sessions they attend 

Attendees are encouraged to be supportive and considerate of others needs within the group,ensuring all attendees are able to enjoy and gain a positive outcome 

Member website

www.s2r.org.uk

2. Actions

  • BME Communities

    • Educating and raising awareness within BME communities about dementia.

    It is essential to discover ways of assisting BME communities to have a better understanding of dementia and diagnosis. To promote ways to support individuals, their carer’s and their families to live well with dementia, to promote appropriate assessment tools which takes into consideration culturally, spiritually, gender, identity and language barriers. To create a platform for informed consultation with service providers between people living with dementia and there carers from BME communities and to encourage BME spiritual leaders, faith groups and other BME organisations to educate professional healthcare providers and organisations regarding the spiritual needs and long held beliefs of local BME communities.

    Status:
    Planning
  • BME Understanding for staff

    • Staff and organisations have a better understanding of the current generation of BME older people who were born outside the UK and to ensure people living with dementia and their carer’s  have a strong voice within BME communities.

    BME communities are becoming more diverse, it is essential to ensure that support and services are tailored around the needs and situations of the person living with dementia and their family.  Organisations need to recognise the impact of stigma, taboos and cultural expectations that can influence the willingness for BME communities’ accessing services. Cohesion can help reduce the stigma and taboos of dementia in BME communities, which can help the person living with dementia and their family not to struggle in silence.  

    Status:
    Planning