Carers Lewisham supports Carers in the London Borough of Lewisham aged 5 upwards. We provide a range of services including advice, information, emotional support, breaks, opportunities to meet other carers, time out from caring activities such as relaxation days and well-being sessions; coping strategies, specialist support for parent carers, carers of people with dementia, carers of people with mental health problems, older carers and carers who are caring for someone who is nearing the end of their life. We currently support over 6000 carers over 500 of whom are children. We aim to build healthy caring communities.
- 8 October 2015
- Charity, Care, Recreation, Local Authorities, Commissioners Sector, Education Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Lewisham 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?
Lewisham carers centre has a dedicated Dementia Carers Health and Support Officer. Carers identified in the borough of Lewisham can be referred to the Dementia Support Officer where they receive a wide variety of support including: information, advice, advocacy, emotional support and also intensive training on dementia. The support can be offered as one-to-one, home visit, at a drop in session, during a training programme or telephone contact. This support covers issues around coping with stress, managing memory, behavioural problems, legal and financial matters, help accessing health and social care support and managing the end stages of the illness as well as numerous other areas which may need support thereby preventing hospital admissions and carer breakdown. This role is also aimed to raise carer awareness within services, to promote a partnership approach with carers are appropriately valued and involved in their ‘cared for persons’ treatment and support. The objective is to work with existing statutory and voluntary groups, organisations and services to identify needs and improve services. Specialist support will be offered to mental health professionals, working with individuals and groups of carers where appropriate.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
As with any organisation challenges arise. One of the main challenges is not receiving the full amount of funding to provide the much needed respite services for carers.
Miss Aykut Köksal
Working alongside other organisations, and raising awareness within the Borough of Lewisham.
Bringing the community closer together and reducing stigma
Offering further support and educating people to have more of an understanding about dementia to reduce stigma.
Increase services/activities for carers and their cared for to attend together
To provide an even better service and work in partnership with other organisations to increase activities to enable carer’s and their loved ones to enjoy leisurely activities together.