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Caribbean Social Forum

The Caribbean Social Forum came out of a recognition of the isolation and loneliness faced by senior members of the Caribbean community. This was due to my own experience. After speaking to a number of people they voiced that there was nothing specific to their needs in the community following retirement or post 50 years.

7 July 2015
Voluntary 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?

The aim of this forum is to energise/involve the ‘yet-to-be’, ‘about to become’ and older Caribbean community, in shaping futures that will more accurately reflect the lives we lead.  Communication is  key in leading healthier lives, reducing dementia, so having a place like the Caribbean Social Forum will help to combat isolation and allow people to bring back ‘a taste of Caribbean’ with educational talks, games, dancing, music, singing, news and discussion groups, writing and much more.     The needs are not just Caribbean focus but offers support to those partners who are not Caribbean and or are having to deal with dementia where their partner has regress.    People need people and as people get older they often feel more comfortable with familiar surroundings be it food, music, childhood games or cultural customs.     The project has arranged a number of workshop around conditions that effects the Caribbean community.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

We have a small team and currently do not have our own space.   We already out growing the space we hire.   We have a dementia champion and are starting to deliver dementia free workshops.

2. Actions

  • Someone to go with...

    Someone to go with is a shared friendship scheme that provides a companion to individuals that are on their own.

  • Raise awareness of dementia

    The Chair is trained as a Dementia Champion and will give a Dementia Friends session to members

    Being implemented

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Signpost members to information on dementia

    The Chair will distribute information on dementia to the group and signpost them to local services eg Alzheimer's Society

    Being implemented

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member