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VoiceAbility

VoiceAbility supports people who face disadvantage or discrimination to have a voice that counts. VoiceAbility Barking, Dagenham and Havering started work in 1991 under the name of HUBB Advocacy and became a leading user led organisation. As a part of VoiceAbility we will continue to work to strengthen the voice, champion the rights and change the lives of people in Barking, Dagenham and Havering. We provide Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA), Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) and Paid Relevant Persons Representatives (DOLS) in Barking, Havering and Dagenham. A new service for Specialist Advocacy and Social Care Complaints has been set up in Barking and Dagenham. We also run a monthly users group meeting where people can discuss the issues that matter to them. Also we have a speaker in Mental health field covering different topics.

Updated:
13 August 2014
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?

We support individuals who have dementia to have control over their own lives. We support them to make informed decisions about how and where they wish to live their lives and how they want their care and support to be structured now and in later life. We want people to live well with dementia.

We will work to ensure that our staff and volunteers receive dementia awareness training.

We will work in partnership with other organisations, including statutory, third sector and private to promote the advocacy service with the aim of achieving better outcomes for those living with dementia and their families.

We will develop life stories with the people who we support and encourage the development of life story work within organisations we come into contact with through our everyday dealings. This will ensure that professionals understand how living with dementia impacts on their everyday life.

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

Financial restraints and a lack of knowledge about the advocacy service in the Borough.

Member website

www.voiceability.org

2. Actions

  • Raise awareness of staff and volunteers

    Work to ensure that staff and volunteers are aware of the symptoms of dementia and, as a result, are better equipped to provide the support and patience that people with dementia need to complete everyday tasks. Incorporate dementia awareness into staff and volunteer induction and other relevant training programs.

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Raise awareness of the Advocacy service

    We will work with other organisations in Havering to raise awareness and increase the accessibility of the advocacy service. By doing so we will help people with dementia to live the life they want to live with the support that they choose to have.

     

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Develop Life Stories

    We will develop life stories with the people who we support and encourage the development of life story work within organisations we come into contact with through our everyday dealings. This will ensure that professionals understand people living with dementia and how the condition impacts on their everyday life.

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    New member