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Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance

In May 2012 Sheffield City Council cabinet gave its approval to begin a 3 month discussion about the future of dementia support in Sheffield. The purpose of this ‘involvement exercise’ was to shape the future support by asking people affected by dementia what works best for them. The outcome of this exercise will provide an important steer to the SDAA. Sheffield City Council commissions and provides adult social care, working closely with the local NHS. The local dementia commissioning plan addresses the whole 'dementia journey'. We anticipate the SDAA will work in collaboration with Sheffield Dementia Programme Board on particular strands of work where appropriate.

19 December 2014
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?

The first meeting of the Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance has been arranged for 29 April 2013 and it is anticipated this will be an opportunity to:

  • Collate individual Dementia Alliance actions plans from organisations and agencies operating in the city.
  • Embed the principles of Sheffield as a Dementia Friendly city with SDAA commitments.
  • Ensure Dementia Friends are integrated into the work of the SDAA
  • We passionately believe in the human rights and potential of people with dementia and are committed to practically demonstrating how a more positive approach can work in practice.

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

  • Maintaining and improving partnership working at a time when financial challenges in the public sector are at their greatest and structural changes are taking place across all sectors.
  • Tackling local perceptions about how people with a diagnosis of dementia can live their lives. Reducing stigma and promoting the view that people with memory loss should have choice and control over their own lives is important.

The SDAA will rely on working with like-minded partner organisations – the challenge will be to ensure goodwill is not lost between organisations.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Action Alliance

    Sheffield launched their Dementia Action Alliance on 29th April 2013.  We now have over 100 members from all sections of the community including business, faith, public, private, voluntary and charity sectors.

    In 2014 the following actions were completed

    -Continued to recruit new members to the Sheffield DAA

    -Recruited staff to co-ordinate the work of the Sheffield DAA.  Funding secured from South Yorkshire Police Commissioner has enabled us to focus on raising awareness about rogue trading and bogus callers in 2015.  This work will focus on working proactively with people who have dementia and their carers.

    -Recruited a Fundraiser to look at options for sustainability post April 2015.

    -The SDAA is working in collaboration with Sheffield International Venues to open up access to gyms across the city for people who have mild-moderate dementia.

    -Completed the Carers Call to Action.

    -A Dementia Lifestle Strategy is being undertaken by Sheffield City Council.  This will pull together recent evidence and opportunities to engage people with dementia and local initiatives in respect of physical activity, diet, social interaction, smoking cessation and alcohol reduction.

    -Plans to develop Sheffield city centre as a Dementia Friendly Cultural City Centre.  Engagement with Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield Museums, Sheffield City Hall, Memorial Hall, The Showroom cinema.

    Being implemented

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    All actions detailed above are being implemented

  • Dementia Awareness training opportunities following the launch of the Dementia Awareness Toolkit in March 2013 developed by WRVS in partnership with Darnall Dementia Group

  • Community dementia support for people with dementia

    A pilot scheme for people with dementia with a diagnosis or with mild cognitive impairment who live alone and have no regular contact with a carer.

  • A jointly commissioned Dementia Information Advice and Support Service (DIASS)

     This will combine the features of both a dementia adviser service and also offer people with dementia and their carers opportunities for peer support.