Hart Voluntary Action

Hart Voluntary Action is the Council for Voluntary Services for Hart District. Our memberships are any non-profit making organisation which supports Hart residents. We support the local voluntary and community sector membership by providing one-to-one advice and guidance, training and networking events, promotional opportunities and a volunteer recruitment and brokerage service through the Hart Volunteer Centre. We also manage a number of projects aimed particularly at improving health and wellbeing through volunteering. These include an eco-therapy and social and therapeutic project – Minding the Garden, support groups for people dealing with depression and anxiety, Hart Health Walks, and the Rushmoor and Hart Young Carers project.

Updated:
3 February 2015
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Hampshire 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?

  • Improving the capacity of the local voluntary and community organisations who deliver services for people who have dementia and their carers by recruiting volunteers and providing infrastructure support.
  • Raising awareness about dementia support services in the Hart area through printed and online media.

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

  • Services are often changing because they are funded through contracts so keeping up to date with what is available can be a challenge.  The range of providers can cause confusion for service users and carers.
  • There is still a lot of stigma around dementia and mental health, and so it is harder to recruit people to work with people with dementia in a voluntary capacity, especially in the home.
  • It is difficult to establish an ongoing and consistent relationship with social services in relation to connecting their clients with the voluntary and community sector.  Because of this there are probably opportunities missed to create more joined-up working to support people living dementia and their carers.

Member website

www.hartvolaction.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Improve the Skills of the Dementia Care Workforce

    We will improve the skills of the dementia care workforce by developing and delivering high quality education programmes to staff, across a range of dementia care settings and through the use of our approved trainer scheme.

    Status:
    Planning

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Improve the Skills of the Dementia Care Workforce

    We will improve the skills of the dementia care workforce by developing and delivering high quality education programmes to staff, across a range of dementia care settings and through the use of our approved trainer scheme.

    Status:
    Planning

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Dementia awareness sessions

    Offer training to our membership on dementia awareness from the perspective of engaging with dementia sufferers in non-specialist settings.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Promote Dementia Initiatives

    Continue to raise awareness about local and county-wide initiatives to promote actions such as “Dementia Friendly Communities”.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Provide networking opportunities

    Offer networking events such as the Hart Voluntary Sector Forum as an opportunity for organisations to raise awareness about dementia support services.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Provide advice and signposting

    Offer support to any member organisation which works with dementia sufferers to help with advice and guidance on funding, governance, project development etc.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Volunteer recruitment

    Help local organisations recruit volunteers to work with dementia sufferers.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Target publicity to engage people with dementia

    Publicise our social and therapeutic horticultural workshops to providers of day or residential services for dementia sufferers.

    Status:
    Planning