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Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre

The Centres objective and mission statement are: "To relieve the charitable needs of adults and young people who are carers in the borough of Wigan and the surrounding area particularly but not exclusively by the provision of a centre to provide a place for advice, advocacy, support and friendship and such other activities as the trustees shall from time to time think fit." “To be a recognised centre of excellence in the provision of information, training and support, provided for carers to improve the carer’s quality of life and give all carers a voice”.

Updated:
27 November 2019
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Care, Voluntary Sector, Charity, Community organisations, Health, Local Authorities, Local DAA Members
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?

We support unpaid carers of all types. We ensure our dementia information corner is kept up to date. We also have two support workers that are able to support carers of people living with dementia with signposting and advice. We promote the Carer's assessment for all carer. We also work closely with the 62 GP practices within Wigan Borough in promoting Health and Wellbeing and an understanding of Carer's needs.

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

Our biggest challenge is for carers to recognise themselves as so. After that is overcoming the barrier of accepting support due to their fear of people thinking they are failing in their duty.

We also face the challenge of other organsiations lacking awareness of what suport is available from partnerships.

2. Actions

  • Training and Information

    Ensuring Carers are aware of what support is available within the community.

    We offer relevant training, eg Dementia Medication Awareness, Stress Management and lots more, to give the Carer respite.

    We are hold 'Dementia Awareness sessions, this is 'An Introduction to dementia and some of the key features for carers who do not already have a good level of knowledge and awareness of these issues. it will cover the main types of dementia and explore difficulties experienced by people with dementia and some of the challenges faced by carers.' From March 20th 2018 we will be having a registration point for those wishing to register an interest with 'Join Dementia Research' HELP BEAT DEMENTIA.
    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Sharing information and best practice

    Share information and best practice by keeping in contact with Alzheimer's Society, Dementia UK, Admiral Nurses, Dementia UK, Wigan Memory Service. We are are an active member of the Wigan Dementia Stratergy Task Group. This is as well as working with NW Borough Healthcare in identifying and referring across to each other. We aim to attend as many information events as possible across the borough, this also give us the opportunity to meet both Carers and other organisations We produce a regular Newsletter that we send to Carers that are registered with WLCC, the newsletters are also available lots of public buildings, such as GP practices, Life Centres and Libraries

    Status:
    Planning
  • Promotion

    Promote the support available for carers of people living with dementia through our website, press, social media, outreach work and working in partnership with other organisations, including the good work we are doing with GP practices.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Referrals and signposting

    Ensure carer and/or person living with dementia receives assessment of needs and is referred to appropriate services.

    We also offer a wide range of training opportunities to carer's of all disabilities. This includes Medication Awareness, Moving and Handling, Stress management and much more.

    Status:
    Planning

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We offer Dementia and medication awareness sessions on a regular basis. This is always well received. The speaker is a pharmacist from Leigh.

    We hold a weekly reading group, where both the person living with dementia and their carer are able to attend.

    We now have strong links with Lewy Bodies Society and work really well together.

    We continue to ensure all our information around Dementia/Alzheimer is up to date.