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Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

Redbridge Concern for Mental Health (RCMH) is a registered charity whose aim is to develop high quality, culturally appropriate, accessible services for people recovering from and experiencing mental health problems. We work in partnership with local services to influence mental health policy and to promote best practice in all aspects of service planning and delivery. We aim to give people a voice by developing new ways of promoting service user involvement and helping service users to improve their lives. Also included in our aims is to challenge the stigma and discrimination that people experiencing and recovering from mental health problems encounter in their everyday life.

21 February 2014
Local Alliances:
Redbridge 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?

The Redbridge Dementia Befriending Service promotes the importance of challenging isolation, loneliness and stigma for those with a diagnosis of dementia. Through our training programme we educate volunteers from the local community about dementia and the effects that isolation and loneliness can have. We encourage either continued engagement in the community or the re-discovering of skills that may have been lost through the loss of confidence. Our project manager sits on the local Dementia Strategy Partnership board and the Redbridge Safeguarding Adults board which allow for direct representation about the issues faced by the people who use our befriending service. We also provide volunteers for local day services who are trained by us and receive ongoing support and supervision. We work to promote a view of dementia that challenges the stigma and discrimination that individuals can experience and encourage our volunteers to promote this message amongst family and friends. Many of our volunteers progress into a career as carers for those with a diagnosis of dementia and carry their awareness into their new roles. Our service very often means that an individual can live independently for longer and have someone who they can express their fears and concerns to who then has an avenue to report to for action if necessary.

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

Numbers of volunteers who are willing to undergo the training required.

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