Age UK Darlington
Age UK Darlington is a local independent charity that has been in operation since 1986, providing a wide range of services tailored for the over 50's in Darlington. Our team of over 200 active volunteers support our services and help us engage over 4000 older people per year.Age UK Darlington is striving to enhance the health and well-being of older people by promoting quality-assured activity, information and care as well as ensuring that older people have the opportunity for choice and continued independence. We are a non-profit making organisation and our opening hours are 9am to 4pm weekdays. Our team of over 200350+ active volunteers support our services and help us engage over 4000 older people per year. We strive to improve the quality of the lives of older people in Darlington by providing a number of services. • Day care, including care for those with physical, sensory or cognitive impairment • Home care, including assisted bathing. • A Befriending Service • Good Friends Scheme • Activities and classes • IT/Computers • Information and Advice • Insurance services • Funeral plans, gas and electricity products, telephone aid-call etc. • Café Refresh at Bradbury House, and outside catering services
- 2 July 2018
- North East
- Local Alliances:
- Darlington Dementia Action Alliance, North East Dementia Alliance, Richmondshire 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 are committed to supporting people, in Darlington, living with dementia and their carers. We will achieve this aim by providing services which are accessible to all.
Our Dementia Care Service is specially designed for people with a diagnosis of dementia. Our environment for dementia care is designed to be dementia friendly. We offer a befriending service for people living with dementia.
Our Dementia Café offers the opportunity to meet friendly and supportive people affected by dementia where they can spend time sharing information and experiences.
We are committed to ensuring that all our mainstream services are dementia friendly, as we recognise that whilst specific services are beneficial, our goal should be to ensure that all our services are accessible and inclusive to people with dementia and their carers. We offer a wide and varied range of clubs, groups and societies.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Staff time commitments and other constraints, affecting the ability to undertake training.
Limited financial resources.
Dementia Friends Champion
We have trained two members of staff as Dementia Friends Champions and will encourage all staff and volunteers to attend Dementia Friends sessions
We will carry out an audit of our premises and make changes where possible to ensure our buildings and mainstream services are Dementia Friendly. In partnership with the Darlington Dementia Action Alliance we will work towards making Darlington a Dementia Friendly Community.
Signposting to local services
We will audit our written publications and marketing materials to ensure they are suitable for people living with dementia. We will carry out a mapping exercise of services supporting individuals, families, carers and partner organisation associated with Dementia and a signposting directory will be created.