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Halton Moor & Osmondthopre Project for Elders (HOPE)

Halton Moor & Osmondthorpe Project for Elders (HOPE) is a voluntary organisation which enables and supports people 60+ to live independently and pro-actively in their local community. A dedicated team of volunteers supports the project to deliver service user led groups and activities e.g. lunch, carers, craft, singing, stroke, reminiscence and friendship groups. We also arrange day trips and group holidays twice a year. In addition we work closely with hard to reach and vulnerable community members in their own homes. Other services include; form filling/letter writing, advocacy, benefit advice, and activities to develop skills and reduce isolation. All our service users and group sessions are inclusive to all members; those with dementia have an allocated team member to support as appropriate to their needs. HOPE also work in partnership with local schools to provide intergenerational sessions.

19 August 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Care, Communication, Health, Recreation, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Leeds 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?

- Over the last twenty years, HOPE has built strong and trusting relationship with both its members and the local community.   All staff undertakes Dementia Awareness Training as well as support through supervision to ensure best practice is demonstrated.  Volunteers also undertake training and take part in team meetings to problem solve and look at ensuing person-centered support is delivered for those individuals they support.  This support is reviewed on a regular basis.

- All group sessions are open to people with Dementia, during these sessions one to one support is provided to ensure all those attending are able to take part fully; this ensures a sense of belonging and inclusivity and reduces isolation and loneliness.

- We also offer one to one support for people living with dementia, their carers and family members in their own homes. This supports independent living and again reduces isolation and loneliness.

 - We also have a befriending scheme which is supported by both staff and volunteers, and we provide on-going support by outreach and referrals and signposting to other agencies.

- We have a carers group which provides much needed ‘time-out’ and respite for the carer.  The carers group is service user led and offers a safe and friendly environment for carers to discuss concerns with others facing similar issues and concerns.

- Research has identified the benefits of well placed descriptive Dementia signage.  To this end, HOPE has dementia signage throughout its premises which identifies kitchen and eating facilities, our activity room, enclosed garden and toilet facilities as well as offices.  HOPE believes this improves a sense of well-being as well as reducing people’s dependence on others; this aids independence and reinforces a sense of belonging.

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

 - One of HOPE’s main challenges is funding, the project is dependant on some statutory funding, grants and money raised through other funding work carried out by our team of dedicated volunteers.  With a growing older population and growing service user base, funding will continue to be a major concern.

- We will aim to build even stronger links within the local community to raise awareness so local people will be able to identify signs of dementia and refer to the project. 

 - We will also challenge the sometimes negative attitudes to Dementia and support our service users, their families and carers plan for change.

- We will support our service users with dementia, their family and friends to have a voice in both the project and city wide services.- 

 - HOPE’s capacity for introducing new activities and services is limited as we already hold a number of weekly group sessions.

 - Ensuring all local health professionals are aware of the project and our services and encouraging them to refer dementia patients.  Identifying people in our community with dementia is challenging so working with all local health professionals is paramount to ensuring those that need support receive it.   We will aim to meet with all health professionals to ensure they are aware of the work we do and the Dementia support and services we offer

2. Actions

  • Stronger Links - We will aim to forge stronger links in the local community and raise dementia awareness.

    We will ensure that a team member is available at the community events we hold to talk about dementia.

    We will ensure we have literature at all events for members of the community to take away with them.

    We will ensure that they know how to refer someone to the project.

    We will ensure they that have information about other services and agencies across the city of Leeds that support people with dementia.