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Age UK Blackburn with Darwen

Age UK BwD (previously known as Age Concern BwD) was established in 1976 as a local independent registered charity. Over the years we have worked with thousands of older people within the community providing a range of services. We are a member of the National Age England Association and our intentions are to make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience, promoting the wellbeing of older people. Not only do we provide a wide range of community services, but we seek to effect change by influencing decision-makers and educating the wider community on the issues affecting older people. Our aim is to make the policies and practice of the local authority, health services and other organisations sensitive to the real needs and aspirations of older people. We also work in partnership with a wide range of organisations to ensure the provision of a range of high quality services and activities. We campaign on issues affecting the lives of older people locally and nationally from the stigma around dementia to the lack of transport facilities.

26 October 2015
North West
Voluntary Sector, Care, Clinical Commissioning Group, Communication, Faith Groups, Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Housing Sector, Local Authorities, Education Sector, Emergency Services Sector, Transport Sector, Commissioners Sector
Local Alliances:
Blackburn with Darwen 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?

Creating a dementia friends workforce Promotion of the fight against dementia reducing the stigma surrounding dementia and increasing awareness Holding dementia awareness events and roadshows Working closely with other services to ensure that individuals are being signposted correctly Promote our dementia buddies service Signpost to Alzheimer’s Society website on our website and dementia friends Speak to our regular community volunteers and service users and establish what is important to them regarding dementia Continue to improve and develop our services Develop our Ageing Well Service for those with dementia

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

Challenges facing Age UK Blackburn with Darwen are similar to others within the locality, in order to create and develop a dementia friendly community across not only our organisation but assist those in the wider areas of Blackburn with Darwen, we need time and more resources, such as staffing and funding. This has the potential to impact the identifying of hard to reach individuals who are unable to access our services. Due to BwD hosting a large BME community, reaching and breaking through to this community may highlight several barriers, such a language barrier or cultural barrier.


2. Actions

  • Improving our understanding of Dementia and raising awareness

    The dementia strategy co-ordinator will arrange for all staff and volunteers throughout Age UK Blackburn with Darwen to receive dementia friend awareness sessions to ensure there is a greater understanding of dementia and how each person can help.

    We will provide informal talks and information on the services offered by Age UK Blackburn with Darwen

    We will continue to promote dementia awareness through the use of information leaflets and signposting our service users to the most suitable service for them.

    We will hold a Blackburn with Darwen dementia friendly community launch event in mid 2015.

    Partnership working with the Alzheimer’s Society throughout East Lancashire through joint awareness sessions.

    DEMENTIA AWARENESS WEEK 2015 IN BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN: http://bwd50plus.org.uk/news/2015/april/dementia-awareness-week-18th-24th-may.html

    Being implemented

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    Continuing to raise awareness surrounding dementia still remains one of our main priorities. We have sceduled dementia friends awareness sessions twice a month until next March when it will be reviewed.

    Age UK BwD are continuing to deliver formal and informal talksa and presentations with the local community and professionals.

    Continuation of high media exposure.

  • Play host to a new job role: Dementia Strategy Co-ordinator.

    The dementia strategy co-ordinator will be ensuring that each service throughout BwD is communicating in the most effective way.

    Ensure all services have access to a dementia champion

    Ensure involvement with the Pennine Lancs Dementia forum

    Ensure involvement with the Pennine Lancs Dementia website

    Co-ordinating a dementia friendly Blackburn with Darwen

    Creating and guiding services and businesses down Blackburn with Darwen’s dementia-friendly community action plan.

    Identifying local resources that are needed and what actions it will take to continue to develop, locally, community based and independently allowing people to live life well with dementia.

    Being implemented
  • Involve people with Dementia and their carers in our services

    Age UK will continue to develop and monitor their service with yearly satisfactory surveys, which will have a focus around dementia. We will send out a questionnaire to the community to find out what is important to them and what we can include within our service for those with dementia and their carers.

    Being implemented

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    We are continuing to involve people with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers, local events and activities are dementia friendly.

    We have held several events to grasp ideas in what the community want.

    Utlising what we already have, for example walking groups and ensuring that the group is dementia friendly so individuals feel safe to attend. Furthermore, the DAA will soon be implementing a 'secret shopper' to assist the local organisations that have signed up to the DAA in highlighting their gaps.

  • Contribute to the Dementia pathway

    To contribute to the dementia pathway in the city, particularly at the pre-diagnosis stage and at discharge from clinical services. We will continue to write monthly reports and feed up to the Health and Wellbeing Board, influencing commissioning intention.

    Being implemented
  • Continue to work in partnership

    We currently work with many sister organisations across the city including the Alzheimer's Society, Macmillan, EL Hospice and many mroe. WE intend to build on our working relationships with other fellow organisations in order to ensure consistency and quality wherever an older person chooses to go for support.