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Amber Valley Centre for Voluntary Services

We are the main provider of support for local voluntary and community groups. We help recruit volunteers and provide advice and guidance about funding for organisations and groups. We also run a free Befriending service for isolated people in Amber Valley and run a domestic cleaning and gardening service for people who need extra support in this area. We can help organisations complete their DBS checks for their workers and volunteers. We support groups and individuals involved in a wide range of activities and initiatives, which will help improve the quality of life for people in Amber Valley.

17 November 2015
East Midlands
Membership Organisations, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Derbyshire 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?

Amber Valley CVS recognise the need to support people with Dementia within our community. We work with our Help at Home clients, some of which have Dementia and our Befriending Service volunteers go in to the homes of lonely, elderly people who possibly have Dementia. We also offer a public toilet facility in our office which often elderley people use, therefore accessing our office environment.

We aim to raise the awareness and understanding of Dementia to our volunteers, staff and social media followers by:

Making our office more 'Dementia Friendly' by implementing current design principles and guidelines for decor and in the publications we produce.Speaking regularly with our local DAA representative and invite them in to give talks to our staff and volunteers.Holding regular training sessions for our Befriender volunteers and Help at Home staff to show them how to recognise signs of dementia and how to communicate with people that have it and also signposting and supporting people through the process. Working with other organisations in Amber Valley to actively promote Dementia friendliness.Look at arrangements for supporting a staff member who develops dementia while in employment.

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

Making physical changes to areas of our office that needs updating as this takes time and money. This will include embracing clear, coloured signage.Identifying and sustaining the necessary resources to deliver a training programme to our staff and volunteers.Embedding the new practices that we introduce and embracing it as part of our everyday organisation culture.

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2. Actions

  • Raise awareness of Dementia in Amber Valley

    Become a Dementia friendly organisation by training our staff and volunteers in supporting people with Dementia and recognising the onset of it.

    Being implemented
  • Work with other organisations in Amber Valley to actively promote Dementia friendly organisations

    Work with Amber Valley Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Dementia Action Alliance to promote awareness of Dementia.  Have ongoing communication with the Councils and local organisations to keep abreat of developments and areas to sign-post people with Dementia to.

    Initial Scoping
  • Amber Valley CVS being a 'safe' environment as a venue for events for people with Dementia

    Implement current design principles within our office signage and promotional materials. Have a simple layout in our meeting rooms, which are on ground level.