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South Seacroft Friends& Neighbours

South Seacroft Friends & Neighbours are a charitable organisation established in 1986. The scheme is run by local older people who help decide on the services we offer. We provide a range of services and activities for over 60s in South Seacroft. Our main aim is to improve the quality of life for the elder population. With practical help, advice and support we aim to keep their independence and social contacts

Updated:
29 January 2015
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector, Care, Communication
Local Alliances:
Leeds 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 offer one to one support for people living with dementia and their carers. Our aim is to support independent living, combat any social stigma and social isolation.

Inclusion into existing services is vital allowing clients to still feel part of every-day life. Support is offered within mainstream services, such as lunch clubs, exercise groups, craft sessions etc. If support groups for carers are required they can be organised or we are able to sign post to local services.

We ensure our staff and volunteers attend relevant training and awareness of the condition and encourage and invite others in the community to attend these sessions.

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

Funding is a constant challenge for us to be able to offer more, such as new activities, training and more activities.

Ensuring health professionals are aware of our services and encouraging them to refer dementia patients to the service. We need to identify people in our community with dementia one of our challenges is ensuring our scheme is known by local services.

Member website

www.ssfn.co.uk

2. Actions

  • Offer more dementia services

    We try to work in partnership with other schemes and other local partners to lower costs and increase the range of services, training etc we can offer.  We are currently  working in partnership to implement  a singing group with the aim of including those with the condition as we are aware of the value and importance of singing and music as having a positive effect. 

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Help raise awareness of dementia in the local community

    Encourage others in the community to understand the condition and help make our local area dementia friendly.  We invite others to any dementia awareness events we hold and will raise the issue at meetings and events we attend

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Identify those with dementia in our community and ensure health professionals are aware of what we can offer

    Encouraging, health professionals, GPs and the new CCGs to work with us and help identify those with early onset or newly diagnosed with dementia. We attend events and meetings that are relevant and will continue to do so.     

    Status:
    Being implemented