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Tapestry

Age Concern Havering is a long established independent registered charity based in Havering. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of older people ( 50 +) helping them to maximise their potential and live fulfilling and enjoyable lives. We run a number of services for people aged 50+. These include: information and signposting for older people and/or their carers; health promotion and support such as cancer awareness and stroke services; activities that reduce isolation promote social inclusion such as pub clubs and volunteering; day services for both active older people and those who need more support; a domiciliary care service that also provides toe nail cutting and gardening; various services to support people with dementia including a dementia advisory service, peer support clubs, carer support groups, a companionship service and outreach and training for the community to raise awareness about dementia.

Updated:
18 December 2015
Location:
London
Local Alliances:
Havering 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?

Our dementia services play a key role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers particularly at a local level.  We know and are in contact with a significant number of people with dementia and their carers working closely with them to support their independence, choice and control. Our dementia advisory service is able to signpost advice  people about  services (including those from other organisations) that can meet their needs. Because we are in contact with people throughout their journey with dementia we are able to support people with options that can meet their differing needs. Our day, peer support and domiciliary care services aim to provide a personalised approach to meet specific needs and requirements with many of our staff across the organisation trained to understand the needs of people with dementia.

 We work very closely with primary and secondary  health services  and  Havering council services as well as other voluntary sector providers such as the Alzheimer’s Society to ensure people with dementia are supported well.

Our training and outreach service is effective in raising  awareness amongst local community groups  and other settings about dementia.

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

The Dementia Advisory Service is  aware that more could be done to raise awareness about dementia in the local community and want to target outreach in such a way to identify specific groups that could benefit.

 The day services which are for all people including people with dementia recognise that more could be done to ensure that activities meet the individual needs and wishes of people with dementia and they feel more included in services.

Member website

www.tapestry-uk.org

2. Actions

  • Changing peoples perceptions of dementia

    The Dementia Advisory Service want to break down barriers and develop an understanding and awareness of dementia among the younger generation and to help local businesses/services be more aware and dementia friendly.

    This will be achieved by approaching schools/colleges with a view to introducing some of our service users to them in a controlled environment whilst working together on an activity such as gardening in the school grounds or giving career sessions with the clients talking about their professions.

    They will visit local businesses and talk about dementia to give the owners an understanding of how they can tailor their business and customer service for those with dementia.

    They also plan to  offer specialist dementia friendly training.

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Inclusion

    The day services will encourage people to participate in the day centre activities. They will open up the membership of the focus groups so that people with dementia will be able to contribute ideas about how to improve and develop activities that better meet their needs. 

     

    The current carers groups could be relocated to Hopwa to enable growth and may be held in the evenings.

    We want to hold one open evening each month where carers can drop in or call for help and advice.

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Specialist Training

    We will nominate two people to be  trained as dementia friends. The dementia team will deliver training about dementia awareness and will widen the scope to whom it is offered by visiting local businesses/services with a view to developing a community that is dementia friendly.

    They will approach and discuss with housing associations, residential care homes and the local colleges to offer training to raise awareness of dementia and the pathway to getting a diagnosis for people if this is needed.

    Status:

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member