Luton Irish Forum (LIF)

LIF exists to promote Irish identity, culture and heritage and improve the quality of life of the Irish community and coordinates numerous welfare, cultural, educational and social activities through its fully accessible community centre. Key objectives and activities for 2013-16 include: Improving welfare/quality of life for local vulnerable people (developing a high quality welfare service targeting vulnerable people, increasing capacity to deal with Welfare Reform, developing a [moving to Luton] resource for new Irish); Promoting and retaining Irish culture (developing involvement with performing and visual arts, developing a twinning/club/provincial programme, holding an annual Irish History programme of activities at schools); Developing involvement and ownership of 2nd and 3rd generation (developing partnership with Irish business and organisations engaging with 2nd and 3rd generation, supporting parents/ carers to develop/take ownership of baby and toddler group, increasing the proportion of 2nd and 3rd generation people involved in LIF activities, events and governance).

Updated:
9 June 2016
Location:
East of England
Local Alliances:
Luton 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?

As an organization working largely with people over 50 years old Dementia is something we regularly come into contact with both our customers and volunteers. We want to ensure that our services are dementia friendly and that those running our activities and services are aware of dementia and the challenges faced by people living with dementia and their carers. We also want to do what we can to make sure that our services are suitable for people living with dementia and their carers and that our building is dementia friendly.

Our welfare advice service helps people living with dementia and their carers have choice and control or influence over decisions about them, gives people living with dementia and their carers the information they need to make choices and help advocate on their behalf with regards to benefit and housing issues.

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

Time and capacity is always an issue, ensuring that staff have the time to give to people living with dementia and their carers to enable the extra support they may need.

Additionally time to train staff and volunteers and undertake the appropriate actions identified to become a dementia friendly organization.

Member website

www.lutonirishforum.org

2. Actions

  • Training for staff and volunteers

    We will aim to have all paid staff and volunteers running activities on our behalf and at our centre attend a Dementia Friends information session by the Autumn

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Review of building & access

    We will look at our building and make sure that it as dementia friendly as possible with regard to signage and information. This will help dementia sufferers access our services and take part in activities which they might not be able to otherwise.

    We will do this over the summer

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Reviewing the way we work with people living with dementia

    Our welfare advice team will conduct internal evaluation further to attendance at the information session to identify what barriers people living with dementia might face when accessing our service and how we might support them better

    Status:

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member