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Age UK Winchester

Age UK Winchester is an independent local charity, providing support for older people, their families and their carers, in the Winchester area. We are affiliated to national Age UK. We offer Information and Advice (including help with setting up Power of Attorney), a Help at Home service, Befriending, and run Lunch Clubs.

14 August 2015
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Hampshire 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 assist older people and those with dementia to stay independent for longer.  This includes signposting, alerting the authorities to any issues and ensuring that they are able to claim the benefits to which they are entitled so that the appropriate support can be provided. 

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

Many people are reluctant to ask for help and this means that often they do not get the support that they need. We are also aware that we are a small part of people’s lives, and can only do so much. 

2. Actions

  • Dementia Awareness raising for staff

    Ensure all staff/volunteers, attend a dementia awareness raising session.

    Status:  Being implemented – as of August 2014 all but 1 staff attended Dementia Awareness session   

    Being implemented

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Identify and train Dementia Champions

    Training two Dementia Champions.

    1. One staff member and one Trustee  are taking Dementia Champion training
    2. Establish ways of working so that the Champions are supported and informing service development. 


    Being implemented
  • Services for those with Dementia and/or their carers

    Review the needs of our users and assess if we could deliver other social activities specifically aimed at those with dementia.

  • Use Age UK Audit to make Lunch Club venues more Dementia friendly.

    Using the Age UK funded and independently commissioned report, produced in spring 2014 on the Dementia friendliness of Lunch Club venues, liaise with administrators at the venues to communicate how they can make their venues more dementia friendly for all users.

    Being implemented
  • Identify and train a Dementia Ambassador

    Support a Dementia Ambassador, who already visits external organisations.

    Being implemented
  • Signpost for people with Dementia

    Ensure knowledge of signposting options for people with dementia.

    Being implemented