Blackfriars Settlement

Blackfriars Settlement is a long established charity and community hub (Est. 1887) serving North Southwark and the surrounding area. We provide services that include children, young people and parents, adult formal and informal learners, older people and people who use our mental health and wellbeing service. The Older Peoples service offers befriending and well-being planning services and a range of activities, workshops and sessions 6 days per week. These include: lunch clubs on Thursday, Friday and Sunday with special provision to support the blind and visually impaired on Fridays. We have arts and crafts, drama, exercise, digital inclusion, the Nightingales choir and the Forget me not club. All of these services and activities strive to help reduce isolation for older people in our community. They also offer stimulation and opportunity to become involved in taking part, helping to organise and helping other isolated older people to attend the activities. Our Mission: To enhance the wellbeing of the local community, creating opportunities for all Our Values: Listen and respond to the needs and aspirations of our community;Act with openness, integrity and fairness;Achieve excellence in everything we do;Show understanding, tolerance and respect to all;Provide a welcoming, safe and stimulating environment

23 February 2015
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Southwark 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 will ensure that all of our staff are trained as Dementia Friends. All staff in our Older People services will be trained as Dementia Champions and lead on training all volunteers alongside our Befriending volunteers in Blackfriars. We can share the learning with all of our services including members of our Children and Young Peoples Service and our learners for whom English is not a first language to encourage greater understanding of dementia in the community.

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

The main challenge is resource and capacity

2. Actions

  • All Staff will become Dementia Friends

    Blackfriars Settlement is committed to increasing the  understanding of dementia and the impact on people diagnosed with dementia and their carers for all staff and volunteers. 

  • We will support wider understanding of Dementia in the community

    Our Dementia Champions will offer Dementia Friends training to our local community including the business community to increase understanding, tolerance and support for people diagnosed with dementia and their families and carers.

  • Dementia Champion Training

    All staff in the Older Peoples Service will receive Dementia Champion training to facilitate our programme of Dementia Friends training for staff and the wider community.

    Being implemented