Dartford: Dementia Friendly Community Forum

The Dartford Dementia Friendly Community Forum was initiated in January 2014 in response to the Kent Wide Dementia friendly communities work. The aim for the forum is to work together to encourage a community response allowing people to live well with dementia Membership is open and includes members from local voluntary, statutory and Charity organisations as well as local community groups and individuals.

Updated:
1 April 2016
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Other, Membership Organisations
Local Alliances:
Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley 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 purpose of the Dartford Dementia Forum is:

  • To support and Empower people living with dementia
  • To promote independence and encourage inclusion
  • To encourage community support giving dementia a place in the community
  • To promote awareness of dementia in order to reduce the stigma of dementia encouraging respect and dignity 

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

Challenges will include:

  • Getting started, the right people to drive forward
  • Making Dementia Relevant to various agencies to encourage membership
  • Time allocated for staff attendance at awareness sessions and at meetings
  • Co-ordination across agencies and staff to get efficient working groups

2. Actions

  • Work with schools

    Work alongside the youth council and youth advisory group to identify current work within schools and with young carers around the topic of dementia.

    Look at what can be done with the local secondary and feeder primary schools around this topic. Considering the idea of having the secondary school pupils cascade learning down into the primaries, encouraging the primaries to produce displays within the local libraries.

    Findings to be brought back at the next forum meeting.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Work started with the new youth council, also primary schools will be assisting at the December event with a memory bunting

  • Front Line staff awareness

    All members of the forum are encouraging their own and partners front line staff to become dementia Friends.

    All initial members of the forum will be arranging for Dementia friends sessions for staff member prior to the July meeting. 

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Local council front line staff, plus other forum members front line staff have had some Dementia friends awareness sessions delivered. More to be arranged for the new year to be opened up to other agencies also

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Shop Safe Stay Safe

    Further evolve the Dartford scheme to also use local care homes, sheltered housing, libraries etc as ‘Safe places’ encourage more use of the scheme and deliver Dementia friends sessions to staff in ‘safe places’ as well as other residents in homes and sheltered schemes.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    on going project

  • Transport

    Transport has been recognised as a big issue across Kent with a number of people living with dementia finding the public transport to be ‘lacking’ in both provision and often in staff attitude. 

    The group agreed that maybe a drive in Dartford for transport providers to become dementia friendly could be a very worthwhile project that could go on to impact all Kent, starting with buses, taxis etc. An initial working group is being put together 

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Go-Coach staff have undertaken dementia friends sessions, work now being done around other companies and also taxi firms

  • Recreation and Leisure

    Promoting the events due to take place across Dartford in a more inclusive way, trying to ensure that the environment and staff are more dementia aware in order to encourage greater attendance from those who may be more vulnerable.

    Encourage more local events for those living with dementia, possibly by encouraging visits to various sites such as animal sanctuary etc.

    A working group looking at the provisions and environment will be initiated, to feed back findings to the group at the next meeting.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Inclusive events being arranges as part of the norm

    Dementia event 'Winter Warmer' arranged for 2nd December