Barnsley Independent Alzheimers and Dementia Support (BIADS)

A local charity offering support to people in Barnsley affected by any form of dementia, together with their carers, families and friends.

Updated:
4 August 2017
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Barnsley 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?

Barnsley Independent Alzheimer's and Dementia Support (BIADS) is committed to achieving better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers in the metropolitan borough of Barnsley. In November 2013 we opened a dedicated dementia support centre, a central resource centre for our members, somewhere where everyone knows your name and your 'story', where there is access to activities, support, information and advice, where members have ownership of the space and use it to improve the quality of their lives. BIADS provides, at the centre and in the wider community, services for people with dementia and their carers that will help them to live well with dementia in Barnsley and also works in partnership with local statutory services. We have a place on the Barnsley Dementia Strategy Monitoring Group so that we can ensure that all of the objectives of the national strategy are addressed within the agreed local plan. We currently provide twenty services ranging from advice, information and emotional support to circle dancing, singing, gym sessions and holidays and the list continues to grow. We will continue these much needed services and also work to provide more innovative support in line with the needs of our members

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

The primary challenge will continue to be funding in these difficult financial times and we will continue to work on sustainable funding streams as we believe that the reasons for the work we do are compelling. BIADS has made a big impact in Barnsley but we need to continue to raise our profile so that more people affected by dementia feel empowered to seek support. BIADS now have over one hundred volunteers but we need to be constantly recruiting special people to facilitate the provision of good quality services. As a result of the change in attitudes to dementia, brought about by the Dementia Action Alliance work, referrals to our services will increase and we may be faced with capacity issues.

Member website

www.biads.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Provide Foundation Services

    BIADS will continue to provide the foundation services of carer support and befriending and develop innovative services as needed by our members as their needs change.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    BIADS continue to offer core carer support services to our increasing caseload of families seeking help.  Our recent move to BIADS dementia support centre means we have been able to increase and widen the range of support we are able to give.  Having access to such a large amount of space means that we have been able to introduce many nore services and activities for people with dementia that help them live well and with a sense of well-being.

    The future for our core services is bright and limited only by our imagination, the needs of our members and the usual funding dilemmas.

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  • Positive Attitude

    BIADS are recognised for having a positive attitude towards this devastating illness and will continue to work on this reputation so that more people will feel comfortable to come forward for help and support. BIADS has opened a dementia support centre in Barnsley , a dementia friendly building where our members can access our services and where they can always find support and friendship.

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    Delivery

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    We see the opening of the support centre as another positive move for those affected by dementia in Barnsley.  Every community needs a BIADS support centre and we have been approached by other organisations for advice on duplicating our support in their own communities.

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  • Our Volunteers

    Our volunteers come,  mainly from our former service users and are experts by experience and therefore crucial to our services and we will continue our work to inspire younger volunteers to support our befriending work for the future.  We now have over one hundred volunteers supporting our services, out in the community spreading awareness.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    Our volunteer base continues to grow and all service facing volunteers now have accessto our own training modules.

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  • Develop Services

    BIADS will develop services suited to those people coming for support in the early stages of the illness and our new befriending for people with dementia service will lead the way in this area.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    With the opening of BIADS dementia Support Centre our range of services is rapidly growing.  We continue to offer wrap around carer support which is with our members throughout their journey with dementia and beyond.  We have doubled the amount of circle dances, activity sessions and carer support peer groups.  Our members are encouraged to feel ownership of the centre and are empowered to organise their own activities within the fantastic space now available to them. We continue to offer holidays and day trips as our members tell us how very important they are to their well being and we measure their needs with the calculated risks involved.  They tell us the alternative would be unthinkable. New services include life story projects, group befriending, social afternoons and drop in cafes.  More to come...we just need the time and the money!

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  • Provide Support for All

    BIADS will continue to provide support for all who seek it, providing excellent quality services whilst using our resources in the most financially effective way.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    BIADS own dementia support centre, with its fantastic spaces and possibilities has seen our referral rates increase and our services doubled, improved and developed.  We are available for anyone in Barnsley affected by dementia and can offer as much or as little support as and when needed throughout the course of the illness.

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  • Work to Form Partnerships

    BIADS will continue to work to form partnerships with local care homes, domiciliary providers and extra care housing to reach out to those affected by dementia.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    We continue to be involved in local and national initiatives around dementia and are working hard to spread information about our services throughout the community by forming working partnerships.  We will always challenge our local authority about the aims of the national dementia strategy and have a presence whever there are consultations and discussions about dementia related subjects.  We are lucky that our carers and members with dementia are more than happy to take part in any partnership work we are involved in and we empower them to have a voice.

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