We are a generic advocacy organisation that supports vulnerable adults (18 years +) living in the Kirklees area. People we offer support to are: Older people (including people with dementia), People with learning disabilities, People with autism, People with physical disabilities, People with sensory impairments/disabilities, Parents with learning disabilities going through child protection processes. We also offer support to young adults with learning disabilities or physical disabilities, aged 17 years, who are transitioning to adult services in relation to being a full part of this transition. We offer one-to-one advocacy, supporting people to make decisions, in relation to social care processes, about what they want and help them to put their views across. We can also support individuals to find out information and get access to appropriate local support. We offer a range of groups across Kirklees. These currently include creative advocacy groups for older people/people with dementia and adults with learning disabilities. We also run a peer support group for parents with learning disabilities who have been through, or who are going through, child protection processes. We are passionate about making sure peoples’ voices are heard, promoting choice and control in peoples’ lives.
- 14 August 2015
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Care, Clinical Commissioning Group, Local Authorities, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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 can support individuals with dementia, to access services by ensuring their voices are heard and to signpost to relevant organisations. We also provide specialised creative groups that, using reminiscence tools, help people with dementia reconnect with their former selves, and to share this with appropriate others, such as staff and relatives.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Over the 19 years we have been providing advocacy in Kirklees, we have built, and continue to build, good relationships with residential and nursing homes in the local area. However, one of the main challenges we face are accessing people with dementia who are in the community, often living in their own homes, and less likely to know of our service.
Promote Dementia Friends Programme within the team and through networking. To provide a second round of training for new staff recruited within the last year.
Continue to build relationships with residential homes, nursing homes and community groups who are run for older people and people with dementia. To continue to offer our specalised, tailored creative group: Remember Me.
To build relationships with services who provide support to carers. To offer our specalised, tailored creative group: Remember Me in relation to both carers and the people they support.
Currently working with Carers Count to undertake joint bid in monies for a project that supports people with advanced dementia and their carers.
- Being implemented
Promote other services through signposting, via both our one to one advocacy case work and creative group work.