Milford on Sea U3A

Milford on Sea U3A is a sociable local organisation for older people who want to meet together for learning and leisure activities. The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a national self-help organisation for older people no longer in full time employment. We provide educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.

Updated:
26 March 2015
Sectors:
Membership Organisations, Voluntary Sector, Recreation
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 provide a stimulating range of activities, mainly in small groups, for people in the older age range, within easy reach of their homes. We have members, who care for and support family members and friends who are living with dementia. Some of our members are already living with dementia.

Within this setting we aim to deliver Dementia Friends sessions to our members, to help them to be more aware of the challenges that some of our members are facing and to be able to better support those in our community living with dementia as well as their families and carers.

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

1. As we are an organisation for older people, our members may be apprehensive about discussing dementia.

2. Many of our members lead very busy lives, and may not be able to attend the arranged sessions

3. Carers may find it difficult to engage with U3A activities as the person living with dementia, whom they care for, has increasing needs.

4. People living with dementia who themselves are members of the U3A may find some of the Groups too demanding.

2. Actions

  • Champions in our Organisation

    Train at least 2 members to be Dementia Friends Champions by January 2015.

    Encourage more members to become Champions.

    Status:
    Delivered

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Introduce 2 initial Dementia Friends Sessions

    Increase awareness of our members of how we can contribute to improving the quality of life of people living with dementia and their carers within our community by encouraging members to attend Friends Sessions. Friends sessions to be run by our own member Champions so that the sessions are similar to other groups we run.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Ensure there are sufficient opportunities for members to attend Friends Sessions.

    Offer 6 sessions during 2015. Offer sessions at a range of times across the week. Advertise sessions on website and in Newsletter and at New Member Meetings.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Increase accessibility

    Discuss with our Groups Coordinators how they can make their groups as accessible as possible for people living with dementia and their carers. 

    Status:
    Planning