Age UK Barnsley
Age UK Barnsley was set up in 1974 following an initiative from Age Concern England (now known as Age UK). We are concerned with promoting the well being, fulfillment and happiness of older people living in the Barnsley Metropolitan District. . The charity provides a wide number of services from its own funds and works in partnership with Social Services and the NHS Barnsley in delivering further services to support the health and social care needs of Barnsley's older population. Through the efforts and commitment of some 5 full-time and 25 part-time staff, together with a further 150+ regular volunteers, we are able to support and provide services to approximately 1000 older people on a regular basis and an even larger number on an occasional basis through services such as Advice & Information and Advocacy. Like many charities Age UK Barnsley relies on donations to fund some of its work. There are lots of ways in which you can help us to raise money. If you would like to become involved and help us please give us a call on 01126 776820.
- 4 August 2017
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Local Alliances:
- Barnsley 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 are committed to supporting people living with dementia and their carers. We will achieve this aim by providing numerous services which the public can access. We host a carers monthly support group and also have a health and well-being centre. Our befriending service is available to all and this service will assist people caring for loved ones living with dementia. Out together for health referral system is for people living in isolation which can be accessed by all. The together for health programme is run in conjunction with our health partners and through this programme we hope to help people living with dementia and their carers.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
As with all charity organisations and support services we are restricted by the funding we receive and at times this can impact on the services we are able to offer.
Dementia Champion Training
A member of staff has obtained a recognised qualification in Dementia awareness and has attended a training course over a 12 month period. They regularly hold awareness sessions for staff and volunteers.
We work in partnership with the health and social care sector to signpost people to the most relevant service. Through joining the Alliance we will be able to access a wider network of information and will be able to promote these services to our clients.
Dementia Friendly Environment
We will look to improve our facilities in order to make them more dementia friendly. This will be an ongoing process as we refurbish our facilities.
- Initial Scoping
As part of the Alliance we will commit to feedback information we receive when we are in the community. The information we collate about gaps in provision can be fedback into the Alliance who can then pass this information onto the relevant commissioners.