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Together Dementia Support

Together Dementia Support is a newly-formed CIC that is passionate about improving the support and quality of life of people affected by dementia in Manchester. It will provide high quality, weekly activity and support groups to help people with dementia maintain skills and hobbies, and to enable both them and their carers to make friends and maintain wellbeing

31 October 2014
North West
Local Alliances:
Manchester 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?

People with dementia will be given opportunities to discuss their condition, their support needs and their wishes at a dedicated peer support  and self-advocacy group. 

There will be regular consultation with people with dementia and their supporters/carers about the programme and delivery of groups run by TDS.

The primary aim of TDS is to provide recreational activity and emotional and information support to people with dementia and their supporters/carers.  The extent to which participants’ quality of life improves will be a measurable outcome.

TDS will offer information about services and day to day living with dementia but will also signpost to other local and national services that offer specialist information and advice services or casework.

TDS will network with local community organisations so that they can make their services more dementia-friendly and will enable  people with dementia to access them.

People with dementia will be enabled to self-advocate, speaking to people about the experience of living with dementia and therefore increasing understanding.

TDS will pass on information about how people with dementia can participate in research.

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

The organisation is currently very small.  Delivery of these outcomes will depend on obtaining funding and then increasing the workforce (volunteers and paid staff) so that the capacity of the organisation increases.

Delivery of these outcomes also depends on organisations in Manchester, statutory and non-statutory, working together to enable people with dementia to access the different services that they each offer.  There is currently poor public awareness and uptake of community-based services.

2. Actions

  • Network with other dementia services

    TDS will visit other community based dementia services to find out more about what they offer and to ensure they know about other services.  TDS will also visit general older people’s groups to raise awareness about dementia and services offering support

  • Obtain funding to build capacity in Together Dementia Support CIC

    TDS is applying to grant-making bodies to obtain funding to run a pilot programme of activity & support groups in certain areas of Manchester

  • Consult with people affected by dementia

    TDS will consult with people who already attend support groups to find out what further support and recreational activities they would like to attend and what would enable them to attend.  TDS will also consult with professionals within the Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust since their views about what is needed is also essential as is their commitment to voluntary sector dementia support.  This consultation will be done by questionnaires and focus groups.