Gravesham Dementia Friendly Community Forum

The aim of the Gravesham dementia friendly community forum is to develop the local area to become more ‘dementia friendly’ so that those affected by dementia are supported to live safely, enjoy good health and to continue to participate as part of their community. The forum membership is open to any individual, agency or organisation.

Updated:
1 April 2016
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Other
Local Alliances:
Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley 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?

Each group member will actively contribute to the ongoing development of the Gravesham dementia friendly community by:

 

  • Actively aiding in the delivery of the Dementia Action Alliance ‘dementia declaration’ objectives
  • To bring together the community within a locality to raise awareness of issues facing local people with dementia, to promote the dementia declaration (as above) and to take forward actions to improve the lives of people living with dementia and support development of dementia friendly communities.
  • To offer people living with and affected by dementia an opportunity to influence the local  environment, in order to identify and articulate their needs, and work towards change that will bring improvements in their quality of life.
  • To look at what each of us can do both individually and as part of a wider group to achieve the aims mentioned above, to produce an action plan and to provide updates on progress.

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

Challenges will include:

  • Engaging local organisations and sharing the importance of dementia friendly communities
  • Making Dementia Relevant to various agencies
  • Time allocated for staff attendance at awareness sessions and at meetings
  • Communications, getting the information to the more isolated members of the community and making sure that the communications are appropriate 

2. Actions

  • Joint Launch of Dementia Friendly Communities in the North West Kent

    Working alongside people living with dementia an event will be held in May to promote the message ‘you can live well with dementia’ We hope to encourage a number of community representatives to join the local providers and people living with dementia to better understand how a community can help to support people living with dementia. 

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Schools engagement

    Working alongside local secondary schools we hope to find ways to engage their students in order to cascade information in relation to dementia from secondary to primary levels. We are also looking at expanding the good work already happening with the dementia4schools projects into other areas and with other schools.

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Awareness sessions

    We aim to promote Dementia Friends sessions across the local area for members of the public as well as for front line staff. All members of the forum will look at their  own and staff level of awareness and work towards ensuring that staff have a basic understanding of dementia.           

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Investigation of area and provision

    The forum will meet quarterly to look at the progress of the actions already agreed and to also look at what other actions can be added. So ongoing scoping will be a necessary part of the forums future aims. 

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    New member