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Alzheimers Society Havering

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers through our publications, National Dementia Helpline, website and more than 2000 local services. We campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia and greater understanding of dementia. We also fund an innovative programme of medical and social research into the cause, cure and prevention of dementia and the care people receive.

Updated:
18 March 2015
Location:
London
Local Alliances:
Havering 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 campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia and greater understanding of dementia. We also fund an innovative programme of medical and social research into the cause, cure and prevention of dementia and the care people receive.

Locally we provide the following services: Awareness Project, CrISP Information Programme, Dementia Café, Singing for the Brain Groups on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Monthly Newsletter, Information Project, Saturday Peer Support Group, Social Inclusion Project.

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

There may be some challenges around capacity for local staff to attend regular meetings. However, we will endeavour to support the local alliance where we can such as providing information and are committed to working collaboratively with partners in the local community to see better outcomes for people with dementia and their carer’s in the community.

2. Actions

  • User Involvement

    We will ensure that people with dementia and their carers are consulted with to ensure our services meet their diverse and changing needs.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    We have held several Focus Group Meetings with people with dementia and their carers.

    We regularly ask our service users to complete questionnairs.

    We have consulted at our dementia cafes about a wide range of issues and proposed new initiatives.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Education and Training

    We will ensure our staff have access to appropriate education, training and support for their role to enable them to support people accessing services in an appropriate and professional manner

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    All our Staff undertake core training as well as regularly attending additional training to update their skills whenever necessary.

     

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Innovation

    We will continue to listen to our service users, challenge our working practices for the better and be innovative in our thinking for developing new services.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    We have held several Focus Group Meetings with people with dementia and their carers.

    We regularly ask our service users o complete questionnaires.

    We use our popular group activities to collect feedback and suggestions.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Working in partnership

    We are committed to working with partners across the community to share resources, avoid duplication and deliver cohesive, joined up services to people with dementia and their carers in the community

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    Through the Havering Dementia Action Alliance we are currently working with 75 businesses and organisations across all sectors within the Borough.

    We have worked closely with the London Borough of Havering and the Havering Clinical Commissioning Group whilst establishing the Alliance and continue to do so when planning the future of the Allaince and how it can help people with dementia and their carers.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Raising awareness of dementia

    We are committed to raising awareness and a better understanding of dementia and providing up to date information, through leaflets, events, talks  and inviting people to become Dementia Friends and Dementia Friends Champions.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    We have attended a range of events in the Borough and have used these opportunities to hand out leaflets and raise awarenss of dementia and the services that we provide.

    Many of our DAA members display Alzheimer's Society leaflets at their premises and send them out in their information packs.

    Our own Newsletter is distributed to over 1000 people and organisations, including Doctors Surgeries, every month.

    We currently have 2853 Dementia Friends in Havering, many of whom attended a session provided by our Information Worker.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New Member