HERIB is a UK registered charity which provides support for people with sight loss in Hull and the East Riding. We have more than 140 years of experience in providing specialist care and support in the community and we offer a wide range of services to meet the ever changing needs of local people with sight loss.
- 7 April 2015
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Hull Dementia Action Alliance , Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, East Riding 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?
HERIB offers a wide range of services to help support people with sight loss in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. Our services include Day Groups, home visits by our Community Advice Officers, a regular Resource Bus services to help us reach people in the far corners of the county, training and leisure and social opportunities.
We ensure that as part of our ongoing commitment to staff development, our staff are trained to help people with dementia to feel included and involved in the services we offer in a positive, patient and understanding way. We work in partnership with other organisations to signpost and promote their services along with our own, offering more choice of support in the community.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The demand for our services is high and this increases annually due to an ageing population. People with sight loss can also have dementia making it even harder to manage their condition.
Resources are limited as presently HERIB receives no statutory funding. HERIB relies on volunteers and it is becoming more difficult to recruit due to increased demands from a growing voluntary sector.
We are proactively seeking tender/contract opportunities and are currently working on a number of these. In addition to this we will continue to fundraise to meet the every growing demand and to enable us to ensure continuity of our services.
Our 5 year strategic plan includes the recruitment of a Volunteer Co-ordinator and the introduction of a Befriending Service to include people with Dementia.