Holme Christian Community
The charity's aim is to deliver services for the advancement of education, recreation and leisure time activities with a view to improving quality of life and reducing social isolation; and enable young & older people to enjoy life the best way possible. To provide services, that are of a high quality, courteous and flexible to our older people with in their home and community. To enable older people to engage with their community and enable them to take control of their day to day living enabling them to have choice and control. The following services are provided: Heaven Sent: Cleaning & laundry Odd jobs in the garden Light removals Meal preparation Getting to and from appointments Helping with shopping Befriending: Visiting those who may be isolated in their own homes and befriending by engaging & listening for any concerns Daylight: Providing a social focal point for the over 55s with • Regular lunch club • Games (cards, dominos, bowls etc) • Weekly shopping trips • Outings further afield Advice with help in: Debt/ benefits/ housing/ employment/ etc Employability skills including: Job search/ CV & interview preparation/ advice and use of computers to search for vacancies Training: Courses available on literacy, numeracy, computer skills, financial literacy and job search skills & ‘ESOL’ Play centre: Providing high quality childcare ranging from ages 2-3 & 3-5 The Edge: Providing an environment and activities for young people aged 8-18 Madisons cafe: A friendly and affordable place serving hot/cold food and drink Worship: An evangelical church with real desire to transform our community with the love of Jesus
- 8 October 2015
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Care, Health, Recreation, Voluntary Sector, Transport Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?
Holme Christian Community motivated by its Christian ethos considers it to be very important that people with dementia are affirmed and treated with dignity and compassion. We therefore strive to provide a quality service consistent with our values.
We aim to be flexible and adapt to the person’s needs, rather than expect them to fit around institutional practices and to help the person with dementia to remain part of the community in which they feel a sense of belonging.
We achieve this by attending to the following outcome:
Providing goods and services to people with dementia that support them in their daily living and enable them to stay at home and in their community, enjoying the best quality of life for longer.
Improving customer service through increasing staff awareness and understanding of dementia.
Enabling people living with dementia to be part of the community and continue to do daily and social activities.
Responding to the individual’s needs and providing support or referring them to more specialists Supporting families and carers of those with dementia
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.The challenges we face as a charity are that many people we come across may have some form of memory problem but have not being diagnosed.
The stigma that is faced with dementia is also a worry that people feel unable to cope; this is not always the case. This shows that we need to raise the awareness within the charity and the local community of what dementia actually is and that people are able to live well and independently with dementia.
The aim of Holme Christian Community is to ensure our staffs are empowered and have an understanding to help raise awareness and access support.
Other challenges that we are able to help overcome are:
Linking into existing and emerging support services:
Public health and social care.
Ensuring dementia is high on all agendas to enable better access to funding
Understanding the impact dementia has on services by looking at innovative ways to maximize our resources
Challenges that assist which we are unable to control:
Increasing needs as more clients diagnosed
where to get support
We will continue to identify older people not yet associated with the organization through the conventional means. Allowing us to encourage them into activities, access support and advice and help maintain their independence
Get appropriate signage for the toilets as well as outside and inside the café and provide better seating
Staff & volunteers
To provide staff and volunteers with ongoing training and support on dementia awareness
- Being implemented