Voluntary Action Rotherham
Voluntary Action Rotherham is the lead body for supporting, developing and promoting the voluntary and community sector in the Rotherham borough. Voluntary Action Rotherham is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. We are a member organisation with over 600 members. VAR’s overall mission statement is to: ‘support and develop effective, sustainable and influential voluntary and community action which brings about positive change in the lives of individuals and communities in Rotherham’. We meet our mission statement by providing a number of services to support voluntary and community sector organisations and individuals. The Volunteer Centre, part of VAR, provides a brokerage service for local organisations, brokering volunteers and providing good practice and training in volunteer management. VAR also co-ordinates an innovative social prescribing service, that is delivered by a range of voluntary and community sector organisations across Rotherham. Voluntary and Community Sector Advisors have joined multi-disciplinary teams based in GP practices and their role is to patients with non-medical sources of support within the community. These activities include: self-management programmes, arts and crafts, befriending, dementia support and advocacy.
- 15 May 2014
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?
Voluntary Action Rotherham is an infrastructure organisation with a role in influencing, informing, encouraging and supporting its members. We will continue to raise awareness of the dementia strategy and disseminate best practice through our networks and information bulletins. We will be represented on the Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance Steering Group and encourage and support members to join the Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance and to develop and deliver their own action plans.
We will continue to work in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness of dementia and influence the shaping and implementation of local policy and commissioning to meet the needs of people with dementia and their carers.
Through our social prescribing service we will signpost and refer individuals to statutory and non-statutory services and support them to access appropriate support and information, helping to put systems in place to meet the individual needs of the person with dementia and their carers enabling people to cope during a crisis and build resilience.
We will implement a training programme to improve the knowledge and competencies of our workforce (staff and volunteers) to ensure the best outcomes for people with dementia and their carers, and encourage and support our members to do the same.
We will review how dementia friendly our premises are and make adjustments where possible to ensure we provide a safe environment for people with dementia and their carers.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
- The voluntary and community sector in Rotherham is made up of a diverse range of organisations and groups with differing priorities, pressures and levels of resources which can make it difficult for them to engage
- The ability of organisations and groups to resource service development initiatives in the current and pending funding climate
- Finding time and resources for staff and volunteers to attend training and make other improvements to our services and premises.
Dementia awareness raising for staff and volunteers
We will arrange for at least one staff member to be trained as a Dementia Champion
We will train customer facing staff and volunteers as Dementia Friends
Support people with dementia and their carers to access appropriate information and support
Through our social prescribing service, we will work with our partners to signpost and refer individuals with dementia and their carers to statutory and non-statutory services and support them to access appropriate information and support. We will help to put systems in place to meet the individual needs of the person with dementia and their carers enabling people to live well at home, to cope during a crisis and build resilience.
Conduct and environmental audit of our premises
VAR will work alongside partners such as the Alzheimer’s Society and service users to determine how accessible and ‘dementia friendly’ our premises are.
If improvements are needed then a plan of action will be formulated to investigate and potentially eliminate obstacles to the environment if not conducive to people with dementia. This will be carried out in conjunction with staff training on being ‘dementia friendly’.
Promote and support the work of the Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance
We will ensure VAR is represented on the Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance Steering Group and take a lead on encouraging and supporting voluntary and community sector organisations and groups to become more dementia friendly, join the Alliance and develop their own individual action plans.