Age UK Bury
Age UK Bury aims to improve the lives of all older people, living in the borough of Bury. Age UK Bury is a local independent charity that works with other Age UK partners throughout Greater Manchester and the UK. Our services include The Jubilee Centre – with a membership of over 800 older people, our centre provides 28 activities every week to bring people together and keep them fit, healthy and “young at heart”; Four “Friends Together” groups; Information and Advice; A Community Navigator Worker who is part of the Staying Well Team who provides targeted support to prevent ill-health to older people living in Radcliffe; Volunteering Opportunities and Insurance and Products – our social enterprise provides a range of products specially designed for older people.
- 23 July 2015
- North West
- Finance, Retail, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Bury 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?
We recognise that the provision of high quality information and advice is fundamental to ensure people feel supported and can make choices in their life. From our research we know that many older people in Bury are not claiming entitlements such as attendance allowance, pension credits and council tax relief and so we have prioritised awareness of these entitlements so that older people, and their carers, can improve their financial situation and well-being.
With our partners in Age UK Enterprises, we are working to ensure that all older people are treated fairly in their purchase of insurance and products.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Bury is historically underfunded in terms of spending on health. We will work with others to ensure that there are sufficient and adequate resources to ensure older people living in Bury get a fair deal.
Dementia is not an inevitable consequence of ageing and there are actions we can all take that delay the onset of cognitive decline. We want to increase the number of “active ageing” activities available to older people in Bury so that more older people are encouraged and supported to take up regular activity, which improves physical and mental well-being. There is also a need to tackle growing isolation of older people through the development of projects that bring people together.
Raise awareness of Attendance Allowance, Pension Credits and Council Tax relief
These benefits can support people who experience dementia and their carers. Because of the complexity of claiming for benefits, many people are detered from doing so. Our Information and Advice Service can help people in their application.
To support dementia awareness campaigns to the general public
We support campaigns that raise awareness of dementia and promote literature about dementia at the Jubilee Centre and our Broad Street office in Bury.
Customer engagement and support
To work with Age UK Enterprises in the promotion and selling of our Insurance service and products to ensure they met they meet the needs of the customer.
We wish to work with other organisations in the development of services that support people who experience dementia and their carers.