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Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance (REMA) is the BME Sector infrastructure support and development organisation in the Borough. REMA’s mission is to support the development of voluntary and community action that is effective, sustainable and brings about positive social change for the BME Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector (VCFS) and communities. We are a member organisation with over 60 members. Our services include: Specialist organisation support Networking Advice and Training Funding, including bid writing support Campaigning to promote the interest of BME communities Volunteering Facilitating collaboration

5 June 2015
Local Alliances:
Rotherham 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?

REMA is an infrastructure organisations with a role in informing, influencing, encouraging and supporting its members. We will continue to raise awareness of the dementia strategy and disseminate best practice through our networks and information bulletins. We will be represented on the Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance Steering Group and encourage and support members to join the Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance and to develop and deliver their own action plans.

We will continue to work in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness of dementia and influence the shaping and implementation of local policy and commissioning to meet the needs of people with dementia and their carers.

Through our support for BME older peoples groups we will signpost and refer individuals to statutory and non-statutory services and to access appropriate support and information, to cope during a crisis and build resilience.

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

  • Finding time and resources for staff and volunteers to attend training and make other improvements to our services and premises.

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2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends

    Encourage all staff to watch the Dementia Friends film at www.dementiafriends.org.uk or attend a face to face Dementia Friends session

  • Dementia Awareness E learning

    Encourage all staff to participate in the SCIE eLearning resources www.scie.org.uk/publications/elearning/

  • 2. Improve customer service and dementia friendly ways of working

    Provide staff with access to the Alzheimer’s Society Customer Facing Staff Guide.

  • Improve access and signage in your facilities/ environment

    Carry out a review against the Dementia Friendly Environments checklist or similar

  • 4. Keep connected

    Regularly visit www.dementiaaction.org.uk/dementiafriendly for more tips on becoming dementia friendly

    Promote dementia friendly approaches through internal/external communications

  • Social Media

    REMA - set up the Social  Media accounts for Rotherham Dementia Action lliance .                                                                                                       They will continue to support this value method of promoting the alliance . 

    Being implemented
  • Partnership Working - Developing a Dementia Cafe

     Facilitated partnership working with Alzheimer’s Society and Elderly Asian and Yemeni peoples group to set up a monthly dementia café

    Being implemented
  • Dementia Friendly Enviroments

    We will review how dementia friendly our premises are and make adjustments where possible to ensure we provide a safe environment for people with dementia and their carers.