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POhWER Advocacy

POhWER offers a range of free, confidential and independent advocacy services to help people make choices about their lives, to understand their rights, to be treated as equals and to be heard. The service is for people over the age of 18, living in Luton or registered with a GP within the Luton area, who need support with issues they may be facing, where they feel vulnerable or feel they could be at risk of abuse.

13 September 2017
East of England
Care, Communication, Local Authorities, Membership Organisations, Other, Commissioners Sector
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?

Community engagement is a very important part of POhWER’s work.  POhWER engages with many groups of people in Luton through its “Voice” groups and other community drop-in projects.  We work with people of all ages and from all client groups to enable them to have their voice heard.  Our community advocates support people with dementia and their carers to resolve issues which may affect their lives.

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

Additional recourse to provide regular training and updates might be a challenge; the key will be to enable all advocates to understand dementia and to be able to support clients with dementia effectively.

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2. Actions

  • Promote understanding and awareness of dementia through POhWER’s community engagement group work

    Information sharing from partnership board and local groups

    Being implemented

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Organise team training

    Ensure all staff have dementia awareness training

    Promote Pohwer as a dementia friendly organisation


    2015 - Third Quarter Update

     focus on training newly recruited volunteers

  • Work in partnership with other agencies such as Carers in Bedfordshire, Alzheimer’s Society to provide support and information to people and their carers who have been recently diagnosed with dementia

    Possible monthly information and support sessions where people can learn more about dementia


    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member