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Shipston-on-Stour Community

Dementia friendly community Initiative for Shipston-on-Stour – A steering group made up of community members whose aim is to encourage Shipston on Stour and surrounding villages to become a dementia friendly community.

Updated:
13 October 2017
Location:
West Midlands
Local Alliances:
Coventry and Warwickshire 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?

 Dementia friendly community Initiative for Shipston-on-Stour – A steering group made up of community members whose aim is to encourage Shipston on Stour and surrounding villages to become a dementia friendly community by:

  1. Increasing awareness and understanding of dementia and how it affects individuals and their families.
  2. Involving local community groups, and businesses in making our services  and environment more dementia friendly.
  3. Attempting to reduce stigma surrounding the diagnosis, by increasing awareness and understanding.

The steering group’s intention is to act as a driving force to:

a) Communicate the aims of the initiative throughout our community, so that individual businesses, churches, local groups, social organisations, shops etc have an awareness of what it means to be ‘dementia friendly’. 

b) Seek out the views of our members in the community who have dementia or are caring for people with dementia what their priorities are.

c) Increase the local population’s understanding and awareness of the condition and what they do as  individuals to reduce stigma toward the illness.

d) By increasing awareness and decreasing stigma to encourage more timely diagnosis.

e) Increasing awareness of local services, roles and availability – both voluntary and statutory.

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

Time! as steering group members have their other roles and responsibility.

Member contacts

Dr Sue Pritchard
Shipston Medical Centre
01608 661845
sue.pritchard@shipstonmc.nhs.uk

2. Actions

  • Seek out opinions from people with dementia and their families about how they think their community could be more dementia friendly

    Questionnaire from DAA to be circulated at Dementia Resource Café, and the answers to be collated and reviewed at next meeting. 

    Status:
    Completed

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    We had further talks with Jeff Morris at Warwickshire County Council who is looking further in to improving the pavements including using photographic evidence of current trouble spots.

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    The questionnaire was used at a meeting of a group of people with dementia and their carers about how the community could become more dementia freiendly.  the main points raised were:

    1 Services and shop keepers to give more time so individuals did not feel  rushed

    2 Clear signage around the town

    3 Easy access to toileting facilities

    4 More seating to be available in the high street and in the shops

    5 Uneven pavements

    6 An overwhelming desire of removing the stigma of a dementia diagnosis

    This information will be fed back to the Town Council

  • Meeting with local businesses

    To attend the local business forum ‘Stour United Businesses’ to inform them of the initiative

    Status:
    Completed

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    We continue to liase with local businesses and they are being invitied to updates on dementia and to The Virtual Dementa Experience.  Since the last update, people have attended training sessions at our local Town Council Offices including staff from Lloyds Bank, Co-operative Society, Tea Room, Pubs and other businesses

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

    Alyson Spence and Sue Pritchard accepted Tina Cook's invitation to attend Stour United Business meeting 10th September and gave a presentation informing the group about the Dementia Friendly Initiative.  This has led to two further opportunities for involving local businesses

    1 To run an educational activity at the Enterprise centre in Shipston for local businesses

    2 To become involved with the "Totally Locally " Retailers group

     

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    We have circulated the Alzheimer's Society "How to make your business dementia friendly" document to the head of the "Totally Locally" group.  In June there was a further dementia awareness raising session held for local businesses at the town council offices.

  • Meet with Pharmacists

    To arrange meeting with Boots and Pharmacy to My Door to discuss  the initiative and ask their view’s of how they can promote safer dispensing and to make sure they aware of the local support services that they can signpost clients to.

    Status:
    Completed

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

    Sue Pritchard met with the chief pharmacists from both local chemists and explained the initiative and discussed issues around safe prescribing in people with dementia and service delivery. Both businesses have signed up to the scheme and completed their own action plans.

  • Community safety awareness – if working with the police

    Liaise with the local police force to raise awareness of scheme and ask for possible attendance at the  Dementia Resource Café to talk about community safety issues and support for this vulnerable group.

    Status:
    Completed

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Alyson Spence attended a recent meeting of the Local Community Forum and gave a presentation on the progress Shipston have made.  The new town Mayor Jackie Warner, was very interested in the initiative and has offered her support.   LIzzie Feather from the carers group has been working with the police to set up a secure register for key safe numbers.

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    The local community support officer has attended the dementia resource cafe and has discussed various subjects that are relevant to people with dementia and their carers including reducing vulnerability and ensuring personal safety and safeguarding issues.

  • Liaison and education with the local High School

    To speak with the Head Teacher about session at school led by Dementia Nurse Educator from the Alzheimer’s Society.

    Status:
    Planning

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Independent Member of the High School Trust has offered to help forge links with the young people.

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Still in progress with new action plan to engage staff and students

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Head master in post and we are still trying to plan an awareness activity with young people and staff

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    Contact has been made with the High School and we are awaiting response from them.

     

  • Shipston Leisure Centre

    To approach Shipston Leisure Centre about ‘quiet’ sessions and expanding local walk schemes.

    Status:
    Completed

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    The "Fitter Futures Programme" which is run at the Leisure Centre is now available to be accessed by people with dementia

    The local "Walking for Health Group" have confirmed that people with memory problams are most welcome.

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Marie Darwin now working with us in her role as policy officer for older people and will be continuing Jan's liasion with the leisure centre. In 2016 we will be offering dementia awareness or Dementia Friends sessions at the leisure centre.

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    Jan Roberts has continued to liase with Stratford District Council  It was confirmed that the healthy walk scheme was open to people with dementia and their carers and a further meeting has been planned to see how services at the leisure centre can be made more suitable.

  • Medical Centre to promote dementia awareness week and all relevant support groups through month of May

    .

    Status:
    Completed

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    There was a comprehensive display of upto date information of diagnosis, support and treatment using resources from the Alzheimer's Society.  Since that time all G.P's have access to improved information resources to share with patients including the "This is Me" document.

  • Medical Centre dementia awareness sessions

    Medical Centre to be arranging educational session for all staff and also invite  local allied  health staff including dentists/opticians.

    Status:
    Completed

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Staff from the medical centre have now attended dementia awareness training as provided by Warwickshire CC and have returned from the training with greater knowledge, awareness and enthusiasim.  Staff members that attended came from all sectors of the team including dispensery, reception and administration.

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    In planning stages.  Stratford District Council are organising an awareness workshop led by the Learning Development Council for Thursday 8th January.

  • Churches Befriending Scheme

    To enable volunteers to offer a befriending service for people living with dementia and their carers organised by Christians together in Shipston.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Plans are afoot to refresh this action by reconnecting with the groups and updating the service.  Many people are being befriended and regularly visited by the Churches Together individual teams and members are invited to, and attend, the Shipston Dementia Friendly Town Initiavtive meetings.

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    This scheme is ongoing with new  befrienders being added and taking part in local training

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    All current members of the befrienders group have DBS checked and new volunteers have recieved awareness training.  Churches have identified people with memory loss in their church community, and they have been offered appropriate support, each according to their needs.  A group meets regularly at a local coffee shop to chat and reminisce. 

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    At the Churches together group on the 5th June Sue Pritchard discussed the community initiative and explored the potential of developing a befriending scheme.  Meetings have since been held every month by a small committee and the initial education event for befrienders is to be held on th 25th November for upto 20 people.  All befrienders will have DBS, guidelines to follow and access to a support team.

  • Instigation of an active memory group

    To increase the local opportunity for support and engagement it was decided to set up an active memory group which would run twice a month providing a range of stimulating and creative activities for people with memory loss and their carers.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    The group is continuing to meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month with a planned programme. There have been some exciting sessions with help from local flower arrangers, dog training to music.  There have been new volunteers and last November many were able to take advantage of experiencing the Dementia Vitual Experience to gain insight into what it might be like to have one of the dementias.  It has help volunteers to become more creative in planning sessions to meet the needs of our individual group members.  The group has also been meeting with more people in their own homes and sharing experinces and memories

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    This has been running since May.  The sessions have been well attended and there has been a range of activities.  These include a trip to a garden centre, afternoon tea, painting, craftwork, knitting, hand massage and seated exercises.  There has been much laughter and the team includes people with dementia, carers and volunteers.

  • Book store at the Christmas Victorian Evening

    The steering group are going to run a stall at the Victorian evening selling second hand books towards the funds for the Dementia Friendly Community Initiative.  The stand will also have local information and have people ready to talk about dementia.

    Status:
    Planning

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New action

  • Raising Local Awareness of Dementia

    Funding is being raised to bring the Dementia Virtual Experience to Shipston on Stour.  Two of the members of the steering group have completed this awareness training and following their reports it has been decided that this would be a good way to bring a different view on dementia to Shipston.  The aims are to increase understanding, reduce stigma and promote the needs of people, carers and families living with a dementia.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Following the success of the November training funds have been raised by The Lions and the Medical Centre to bring the Dementia Virtual Experience to Shipston on the 16th June.  The event will be open to local people including medical staff, local businesses, the school and volunteers.  All enquiries to alysonspence@aol.com

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    The Experience came to Shipston on Stour in November, funded by Friends of Ellen Badger Hospital.  Over 30 carers, professionals, local government officials from Stratford DC, nurses, local volunteers attended the experience in three two hour sessions.  It was a moving and intense experience and the feed back was very positive.  There was a follow up meeting for people attending the experience anabling them to discuss their views and future plans on how they personally plan to make a difference to the way they approach dementia