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West Indian Families and Friends Association Ltd.

West Indian Families and Friends Association, WIFFA, aims to bring together people of Caribbean origin and partners other voluntary and statutory, health and other agencies to promote good quality service and education to its members and the community.. WIFFA is self-governed by a management committee elected from its membership. The association receives no funding and no one receives an income.

Updated:
26 November 2014
Location:
London
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Merton 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?

Some of WIFFA’s members suffer from Dementia. Others care for people suffering with Dementia. WIFFA is very supportive of these members.

Two members have trained as volunteer community health and wellbeing champions and are equipped to raise awareness of Dementia and how to care for mental and physical health and wellbeing. They also attend seminars and talks on Dementia, in and outside the borough and then report back to members meetings.

WIFFA gives regular financial support to the Alzheimer’s society.

WIFFA has facilitated talks on Alzheimer’s and Dementia, to increase awareness of the condition and also help to publicise the work of the Alzheimer’s Society.

The ethnicity to which WIFFA’s members belong are linked with high incidences of Dementia. Hence another reason why WIFFA is committed to supporting the work of the Alzheimer’s society.

 

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

WIFFA has an ageing population, many of whom may themselves become dementia sufferers, at some time and need assistance. The Association has to factor that in, along with other financial constraints and demands.

Recruitment of younger people into becoming members of WIFFA, is extremely difficult, despite WIFFA’s work and high profile, in the community.

Member website

W.WIFFA.CO.UK

2. Actions

  • Give talks to Afro-West Indian community about Dementia and how they can support each other. Association.

    Raise awareness of the Afro-west Indian community about Dementia.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Give talks to Afro-West Indian community about Dementia and how they can support each other. Association.

    Raise awareness of the Afro-west Indian community about Dementia.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Provide support and guidance to the West Indian community

    To help them become more aware of the services that are available.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Join other groups to raise awareness to the community.

    To raise awareness in the wider community.

    Status:
    Being implemented