Silverline Memories CIO
Silverline Memories CIO is a Registered Charity (number 1163582) that provides places to go and things to do for people living with dementia and their Carers. We provide Dementia Cafes, Day Clubs, Tea Dances, a Dementia Garden as well as trips and outings.
- 30 January 2019
- North East
- Local Alliances:
- North East Dementia 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 enable people living with Dementia to continue with the hobbies and activities that matter to them through the delivery of our Dementia Cafes and the workshops we deliver in the many care settings we visit. Our customers life stories are considered and activities and projects are planned to meet their wants and needs. All of our activites are designed to be a social experience in a friendly environment with unconditional acceptance and respect. We aim to reduce the social isolation and loneliness often experienced by those living with Dementia by bringing together those with a diagnosis with those who care for them. We network with other organisations in order to signpost our customers to additional support whenever a need is identified and plan to create a Directory of services to be published on our website. Carers are supported and valued in every aspect of our work and we regularly collect feedback to help us to develop new services that meet the needs of our customers. An example of this is our current project to launch the Silverline Allotment for those living with Dementia.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The greatest challenge we face is in obtaining funding. As a Social Enterprise we charge a nominal amount to customers coming to our Dementia Cafes and we charge care facilities who book us to deliver workshop activities but all our staff are volunteers.
As a relatively new organisation we are still trying to get our services known to commissioners and other Health and Social Care professionals. Marketing to care providers is relatively straight forward but to reach the people we exist to support in the community we need to come to the attention of statutory bodies who can signpost to our services.
Seeking to create an Administrator role
We are seeking funding for a administrator role. We are currently volunteer led which means that time spent on administration and business development is time away from delivering the service. By appointing an administrator we can simultaneously focus on service delivery and developing the service to meet the needs of more people living with Dementia in the North East. The administrator would be responsible for developing links with commissioners and other health and social care professionals.
2015 - Second Quarter Update
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