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Wigan Council

Wigan Council's Vision is to: enable people to support themselves and their local communities; encourage people through timely access to information, advice and a range of programmes and provide integrated focussed support to enable people to achieve a quality of life. To enable these aims we will work together with partners to make use of our people and resources. The Wigan Council Adult Social Care and Health Programmes' outcomes are to ensure residents say they can access to the full range of facilities, advice and information that enable them to have a healthy and active lifestyle; residents know they can access the care and support they need; there are fewer earlier deaths and people are staying healthier longer because they are monitoring and managing their long term conditions effectively and have access to early diagnosis and timely interventions; and residents have made positive changes to their lifestyle and are making the most out of timely and effective rehabilitation - being helped and encouraged to lead an independent and active life.

30 June 2017
North West
Local Alliances:
Wigan 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?

Wigan Council will coordinate the development of a local dementia action alliance and help host membership to the alliance.  We will champion the national recognition process for dementia friendly communities, work in partnership to review and update the local dementia strategy and raise dementia awareness within the borough.

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

Financial pressures will increase over the next few years as Wigan experiences an increase in the number of people 65 years and the projected increase in the number of  people with dementia.

2. Actions

  • Raising awareness about dementia and ensuring the provision of appropriate information to people with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers

    80% of Wigan Council staff live within the Borough, in view of this we will improve the skills of the Wigan Council workforce by training a number of dementia champions with responsibility to deliver awareness raising sessions. Signing up the workforce as dementia friends through our support to the National Dementia Friends Campaign.

    Incorporating a knowledge of the successful Dementia Friendly Community services currently available in the Wigan borough.

    Development within local communities of the National Sporting Memories Network enabling local community members to contribute to reminiscence through sport.  These initiatives will promote a positive messages about dementia in the Wigan borough; ensuring that people who live and work in the borough are aware of support, services and the important part they play in supporting people with dementia.

  • Review & Update Wigan Borough Dementia Strategy

    The National Dementia Strategy for England will be used to improve services and support for people with dementia in Wigan.

    The strategy calls for public awareness campaigns to help reduce the stigma associated with the illness, earlier diagnosis of dementia and for higher standards of care.

    Given the right kind of support and access to high quality services, people with dementia and their carers can learn to better cope with the condition, maintain their independence for longer and enjoy a better quality of life.

  • Developing a Local Dementia Action Alliance

    Wigan Council aim to host and chair the initial Wigan borough DAA meetings, this will involve hosting membership to the alliance, setting Terms of Reference for the group, developing an agenda and organising future meetings throughout 2014.  This will progress the existing Dementia Friendly Community Networks  Wigan Council have currently successfully developed and enable people with a diagnosis and their carers to gain information & advice and to have a voice.

  • To implement 'dementia friendly taxis' in the Borough

    In a recent transport review by Wigan Council, people living with dementia did not feel confident about using public transport including local taxis.  One of the reasons was fear of being confused or not having enough time to fasten seatbelts. 

    Following on from this feedback, we are currently rolling out awareness sessions with local taxi drivers and in house transport provision.  We want to ensure that drivers have an awareness of dementia and some of the challenges that people living with dementia may face, which has been developed in a transport training toolkit.  This includes travel tips such as allowing time for people to fasten seatbelts and making sure that drivers wait to check that people have entered the drop off address safely.

  • To upscale the current Dementia Friendly Communities by working with people living with dementia and their families to find gaps in existing activities.

    Wigan Council has already created14 dementia friendly communities by using an asset based community development approach which has created over 70 dementia friendly activities that take place regularly across the Borough.  We will expand this by upscaling current activities and introduce new targeted interventions.  We will make them available across the Borough and ensure that they will be inclusive for people who are at a later stage in their dementia journey.  We will also provide Activities for targeted groups including carers, men and younger people living with dementia.  We will do this by engaging with people living with dementia and their carers and families to identify gaps in our current dementia friendly communities.  The upscale will provide more social activities to reduce social isolation, reduce stigma and support people living with dementia and their carers to remain independent within their communities for longer.

    Initial Scoping
  • To expand current Healthy Living Pharmacy and Dentistry Schemes to become Dementia friendly

    Wigan Council has already developed a well-established Healthy Living Dentistry and Healthy Living Pharmacy Scheme in the Borough. Dementia friendly initiatives have now been embedded within both programmes.  We have expanded further than the Dementia Friendly Communities Pharmacy Framework to also target Pharmacy Delivery Drivers, by recognising the key role they play in their community; having regular contact with vulnerable customers.  This has included staff attending a dementia friends information session as well as being required to achieve standards as outlined in the framework.  We will continue to roll this out to those not yet signed up to the programmes. We will undertake a launch of the Dementia Friendly Framework for Dentists locally once the framework has been agreed across Greater Manchester.

  • To work with local schools delivering dementia friends information sessions to enable pupils to become a dementia friend

    After successfully delivering Dementia Friends Information Sessions in a local primary and high school, we will continue to reach out to other schools in the Borough.  The children we have engaged with so far had made very personal actions such as committing to spend time with grandparents who are living with dementia, and wearing their pin badge with pride.  Children are very receptive to new information and in order to continue to make Wigan Borough dementia friendly we need to ensure that we are also passing these messages on to children.  Delivering dementia friends information sessions in schools is also a way of children passing messages on to their families.  The information sessions are also available for staff in these settings.

  • To sign Wigan Council up to the dementia friendly personal budgets charter

    Wigan Borough Council has pledged to sign up to the Dementia Friendly Personal Budgets Charter to help give people with dementia greater choice and control over their care and support. The Care Act gives everyone who is receiving support from social services the legal right to a personal budget. Alzheimer’s Society has produced a guide of easy and cost-effective actions councils can take to improve the personal budgets process for people with dementia and their carers. Wigan Borough Council has signed up to the Dementia-Friendly Personal Budgets Charter to demonstrate its commitment to supporting people affected by dementia.