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Colebrook (SW) Ltd

Colebrooks aim is to inspire and empower people to achieve their independence and aspirations and “make a difference” to individuals, groups and communities in Plymouth and surrounding areas. We will work alongside people to help them: • Achieve their goals • Understand their rights and be heard • Have choice and control We will: • Create positive change through partnerships • Demonstrate commitment to equality and diversity • Ensure people are at the heart of what we do • Provide a range of opportunities for people to get involved and influence the organisation and local services

8 April 2015
South West
Local Alliances:
Plymouth 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?

Colebrook currently works with people from all walks of life a majority of whom have mental health needs or learning disabilities. We also come into contact with members of the public through our community projects – Opportunity Knocks Timebank, management of two community centres and the work undertaken by Healthwatch Plymouth and Plymouth Involvement and Participation Service (PIPS). Over the past few years our contact with people experiencing dementia has increased and we feel that we need to upskill our staff to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms and also provide training so they are able to assist people with dementia.

We will:

Provide dementia awareness training for staff and volunteers (approximately 100 in total) Review our facilities, particularly those that are accessed by members of the public to ensure they are dementia friendly Ensure that people are aware that we are a dementia friendly organisation Ensure staff have information in order to signpost and refer people where necessary Review our organisation’s approach to supporting staff who may be experiencing dementia either through caring for someone or personally and ensure that it is embedded in our HR policies.  

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

The availability of staff time may be an issue but by having Dementia Champions as part of our organisation we will have more flexibility to deliver this training.

This training will be more of a priority for some areas of our organisation than others but we will ensure all staff are encouraged to attend.

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2. Actions

  • Ensure we have at least one Dementia champion within the organisation.

    We will identify staff who are willing to undertake the Dementia Champion training and then roll out the Dementia Awareness sessions to staff and volunteers.


    2015 - First Quarter Update

    New Member

  • We will ensure that our environment is dementia friendly where feasible

    We will ensure that our environment is dementia friendly, especially in areas that the general public are using our buildings e.g. offices that host drop-ins, community centres etc. we will use the toolkit and guidance provided to complete this task.

    Initial Scoping, Planning

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • We will roll out dementia awareness to all staff and volunteers-approx 100 people.

    Dementia Awareness will form part of our health and wellbeing training for staff and volunteers to enable staff to become more aware of the signs and symptoms and what can be done to improve our approach to people with dementia.


    2015 - First Quarter Update

    New member