Macc is the voluntary and community sector support organisation for the city of Manchester. Our purpose is to encourage, support and develop voluntary and community groups and individuals to have a real influence over the places and communities in which they live.
- 10 October 2013
- North West
- Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Manchester Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?
MACC’s purpose is to encourage, support and develop voluntary and community sector groups and individuals to have a real influence over the places and communities in which they live. This purpose therefore relates to MACC’s role in delivering better outcomes for people affected by dementia to number 6 of the National Dementia Declaration:
‘I have a sense of belonging and being a valued part of family, community and civic life’.
MACC supports the development of sustainable groups and civic action. Through linkages with local dementia services and DAA members, and increased dementia awareness of our staff team, MACC hopes to provide a better support system for local groups wanting to further outcomes for people living with dementia and their carers. For groups whose remit may not directly be dementia, we seek to raise awareness of the condition to ensure all groups MACC supports has considered the inclusion of local people affected by the condition.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
An ongoing challenge to service delivery is resources; funding and capacity. MACC supports organisations and individuals representing a very broad cross section of interests. Therefore for this reason, resources available to develop our support for dementia related groups may pose a challenge.
To become Dementia Friends
Nominate an integral Dementia Champion who will be able to cascade Dementia Friends sessions to both colleagues and MACC members.
Raise awareness of DAA
Include DAA updates and invitations for MACC members to join through networking and MACC bulletins.
Support MACC members who want to actively include people affected by dementia in their groups. Signpost groups and individuals to external colleagues for support where appropriate.
Macc will use it’s role within the voluntary and community sector to inform our members, partners and other networks we connect with to increase their awareness of Dementia and therefore help to develop a more inclusive approach.