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Southend Older People’s Assembly

We are an established organisation, recognised as a much needed & valued public voice of Southend ‘s over 55’s . An independent, non political Assembly of volunteer residents run by & for the over 55’s. We actively engage with all relevant organisations and services to enable us to inform, consult, involve & promote over 55 issues and aim to support and encourage independence, health & wellbeing, social engagement & volunteering. Membership is open & free to all residents over 55. We: Produce quarterly newsletter, distributed free to members & others. Host quarterly public meetings; speakers addressing range of relevant topics plus Q&A. Organise large, popular annual free public community event – Active Ageing . Participate in local/national projects, service development, consultation. Maintain website to inform members & promote us to wider audience. Support a committee, meeting monthly to manage OPA activities. Represent membership views to other organisations at meetings/seminars/ workshops etc.

16 July 2015
East of England
Communication, Membership Organisations
Local Alliances:
Southend, Castle Point and Rochford District 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 OPA aims to inform, consult and support our members, family, friends and carers by highlighting issues, matters of concern, changes to strategies and government legislation

Actively participating in consultation, service development and promoting awareness of dementia, the alliance, dementia friends and other relevant organisations.

Providing our members with a platform to discuss, debate and question those who determine services and policies.

To seek as an organsiation more effective ways to communicate directly with those with dementia, e.g our quarterly newsletter, membership surveys, venue friendly public meetings

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

The OPA is entirely dependent on grants and donations and securing funding continues to be a challenge and impacts on any meaningful long term planning.  

Ensuring we are able to reach all of our target audience and publicising effectively in ways and formats to suit all.

Increasing significantly take up within our membership of Dementia Friends training.

2. Actions

  • Target appropriate funding sources to enable the organisation to undertake dementia specific campaigning.

    Research  more vigorously opportunities to bid for grants/donations.

    Ensure our funding bids target the appropriate sources and highlighting the benefits  of  involving the OPA in raising dementia awareness brings.



    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Re-assessing our target audience to determine effectiveness of our communication

    Conduct a Public Survey at our September Active Ageing Community Event to ensure we are communicating clearly and on relevant topics to people living with dementia


    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Hold a ‘Dementia Friends’ Public Meeting

    Consult and involve DAA in developing session

    Ensure take up from all OPA committee members

    Publicise and encourage participation from membership and others.


    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member