Coast and Vale Community Action
Coastal and Vale Community Action acts to promote any charitable purposes for the benefit of the public, principally but not exclusively in the local government area of Scarborough Borough and Ryedale District and its environs (hereinafter called the ‘area of benefit’) and in particular, build the capacity of third sector organisations and provide them with the necessary support, information and services to enable them to pursue or contribute to any charitable purpose. It also promotes, organises and facilitates co-operation and partnership working between third sector, statutory and other relevant bodies in the achievement of the above purposes within the area of benefit.
- 5 June 2015
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Voluntary Sector, Health, Communication, Membership Organisations
- Local Alliances:
- Scarborough Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?
How can your organisation help to support people with dementia and families/carers?
As a LSDO covering Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale, our role is to support a wide network of VCSE organisations/groups to become more effective, self-sufficient and impactful – supporting their ambitions and helping thriving communities to develop. We have a duty to serve them well in terms of bringing support and training to their attention - where necessary working with them to increase their capacity to access this support.
As a landlord of a number of properties rented to private, public and VCSE tenants - we hope to encourage our tenants to better understand the impact of dementia in the environments they may work and/or serve and the customers/clients/volunteers they support and/or engage.
Our Action Plan is:
Title: Improve our understanding of Dementia
Description: Our manager will arrange for all staff and volunteers to attend awareness sessions on dementia to ensure greater understanding of the condition and how we can help.
Title: Support all Cavca colleagues and tenants to consider become Dementia Friendly/Aware
Description: Through information sharing, networking and promoting benefits and impact
Title: Continue to be a conduit and a point of connectivity for DAA development
Description: Liaison with John and the Chairs of each group as they are developed - offering to support administration and localised connectivity.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Physical/financial resources are exceptionally limited - but our time and energies may be utilised to support the development of campaigns, media drives, activities, facilitation of meetings etc
To compensate for the lack of physical/revenue resources we have developed a strong network of contacts (many influential at a commissioner level, many strategic policy makers, alongside an extensive network of operational groups). Communication and messages to and from these contacts is possible and not dependent on cost.
Partnerships are often time consuming and need to be mindful of local politics and anxieties - this is often a barrier to succeeding and/or can affect the pace of progress. CaVCA has a proven track record in developing mutually beneficial partnerships in order to serve the VCSE sector well. Partnerships between the public, private and VCSE require careful negotiation and time to listen, reflect and compromise - when we do this - we can create very powerful partnerships that are sustainable.
Lack of understanding and knowledge about Dementia - within the organisation and within those sector members who may not naturally see the connection between them, their serves and their customer base.