Rethink Mental Illness Hull and East Yorkshire Carers Service - Beverley
Rethink Mental Illness help millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes, changing lives. We believe a better life is possible for millions of people affected by mental illness. We directly support almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone. And we change attitudes and policy for millions. Our services include: - Advice and information - Services and groups - Campaigning Our work is overseen by the Board of Trustees, many of whom have personal experience of mental illness, either as someone who has a diagnosis or as a family member and carer. A lot of our work is funded by health authorities and local authorities, who pay us to provide high quality services across England. We also raise money for special projects and campaigns by applying to trusts and other grant-making bodies and asking people to donate to us. In Hull and East Riding we provide a carer support service for carers of people with mental health problems.
- 18 September 2015
- Local Alliances:
- East Riding Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?
Our aim as an organisation (that both campaigns and delivers services) is ensure that appropriate, affordable, safe, accessible and enjoyable services are developed and delivered for people with mental illness, which includes dementia, and their carers.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
In Beverley we have a very small team and provide services for many types of mental illness, therefore we have limited time and resources to devote to dementia specific work.
Increase Dementia Awareness
One of our staff has already attended a face to face Dementia Friends session and we would like to ensure that any new staff members are given the opportunity to attend a session. We would like to further increase our dementia knowledge by undertaking the Scie e learning dementia modules. We will review the resources on the Dementia Action Alliance website and utilise the relevant information as applicable.
Where appropriate we will promote the work of the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) and attend local events and meetings. We will encourage other organisations to join the DAA and to become more dementia aware.
- Implementation, Planning
Signposting to Dementia Organisations
Our organisation does not have a dementia specific focus, however we do have people with dementia and their carers accessing our services. We will endeavour to find out more about dementia services in our local area to enable us to affectively signpost people to these.
For example, the Alzheimer’s Society runs a series of 2 free Carer Information and Support Programmes (CrISP 1 and CrISP2) for carers of a person with a diagnosis of dementia that we could refer carers to where appropriate.
- Implementation, Planning
Our public website contains several free factsheets. However, we do not have any dementia specific factsheets and therefore we will investigate the possibility of either utilising an Alzheimer’s Society factsheet or adding a weblink to the Alzheimer’s Society website. As our website is national, it may take some time and discussion for us to undertake this action at a local level.
- Initial Scoping