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Dementia Friendly Parishes around the Yealm

We are a fully constituted community project working in the 5 rural parishes of Wembury , Brixton, Yealmpton, Holbeton Newton & Noss in South Devon. Our aims are to help and support people with dementia and their families to remain involved in community life and to raise awareness about dementia with local businesses, groups, organisations and individuals. We employ a part time project coordinator to deliver these aims in collaboration with the committee.

Updated:
22 July 2014
Location:
South West
Sectors:
Arts, Care, Communication, Faith Groups, Health, Medical, Recreation, Schools, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Plymouth 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 Parishes around the Yealm meet all of the 7 outcomes. The project coordinator visits people with dementia and their families and works alongside them to enable them to remain active, feel valued and listened to and be part of their own communities. They are given the information and the ongoing support necessary to make choices about their social and care needs. New and inclusive opportunities are sourced or created locally to meet the diverse needs of each individual and ensure that their social networks increase. Each local community is supported and encouraged through awareness raising sessions to be inclusive, mindful and proactive in helping those with dementia and their families. The project is being evaluated by Plymouth University to measure change and to see how the lives of people with dementia have been enhanced by being involved with our project.

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

Our project operates in a rural area so we have to overcome transport difficulties. The project is limited to one part time member of staff and a committee when we require a 24 hour service. Fundraising. Promoting the project for a sustainable future.

Member website

www.dementiayealm.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Promotional leaflet

    To revise the current leaflet based on the experience of a year and to circulate it widely within the five parishes over the summer.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Promoting the project at local summer events

    To upgrade display boards and take to local events over the summer and autumn of 2014. For example church fetes, agricultural shows and fundraising events.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Planning for a further two years

    Regular committee meetings to discuss ideas and progress. The formation of subgroups to look at each area for example funding.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Collaborative working

    Regular meetings with the Alzheimer's Society.  Working with existing community groups. Working with schools.

    Status:
    Being implemented