Swarcliffe Good Neighbours Scheme
The Swarcliffe Good Neighbours Scheme is a community based voluntary organisation geographically situated on the East of Leeds supporting people aged 60 and over living in “Swarcliffe, Stanks and Whinmoor”. We are one of the 37 Neighbourhood Network Schemes that are supported by Leeds City Council/Adult Social Care. Our aims are; “to provide services which promote the health and well-being of older people and their carers to live independently within their local community”.
- 28 May 2015
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Leeds 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?
The Swarcliffe Good Neighbours Scheme works with and for older people with dementia by providing mechanisms of support to meet the individual’s needs along with the needs of their carers. Providing home visits to assess the level of need of both parties enables this scheme to offer advice, information and support to access services that are provided by this scheme or support to access other service providers who can provide tailored services to meet the individual’s needs. Accessing activities provided by this scheme gives the individuals carers respite to take some quality time for them while knowing that their loved one is being cared for.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Being a staff team of two, alongside 26 dedicated volunteers, the challenge we have is meeting the ever increasing number of individuals living with varying stages of dementia being signposted to this scheme and how, as a service provider, we meet this demand.
Everyone works together offering their care and understanding to support people with dementia while meeting the challenge of changing the public’s perception and understanding of Dementia
Raise awareness of the condition to ensure a greater understanding.
Providing information to clients and their families/carers in our quarterly newsletter. On-going publicity campaign in the local and wider community via local amenities, Sheltered Housing, GP Surgeries, libraries, Community Centre, Housing Office and shops
Organise Dementia training for Staff/Volunteers to raise awareness/understanding of the condition.
Providing a local venue to hold a themed event with citywide partners with their information stands for the public at large to access information. Creating opportunities for specific service providers to deliver a presentation to a large audience.