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Seniors Lewisham

Seniors is a creative, learning and social project for people aged 50 and over. It is a place where older people can enjoy taking part in activities, learning new things, meeting each other socially, and enjoying themselves in many ways. Seniors is a spectacular organisation! We welcome and respect people who have religious beliefs and those who have none. We embrace all shades of opinion that are tolerant of others. We abhor and reject any manifestation of racism or xenophobia. We respect diverse and differing lifestyles. Nobody is excluded who follows these precepts.

Updated:
7 October 2015
Location:
London
Local Alliances:
Lewisham 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?

To promote any charitable purposes for the benefit of elderly people resident in the London Borough of Lewisham and the surrounding areas, and in particular but not exclusively to provide facilities, resources and activities in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving conditions of life for said inhabitants.

 Seniors is one five Lewisham based organisations who collaborate as part of the Purple Alliance to coordinate our services for the benefit of older people in the borough.

Our membership of the Purple Alliance commits us to to helping the council to support people with early onset dementia, signing up to the Lewisham Dementia Action Alliance, and, receiving support from Age Exchange and Community Connections to help us to become dementia friendly.

Membership commits Seniors to publicly stating its commitment to helping people to live with dementia by agreeing and implementing a three point action plan.

Seniors has already demonstrated its commitment by holding a dementia friends session and identifying two lead trustees and a member of staff to produce the action plan set out below:

  1. We will improve the signs at Seniors making use of photos and show people wearing the Dementia Friends flower pin.
  2. We will hold dementia training sessions at Seniors.
  3. We will have two designated Dementia Champions - one trustee and one staff member - to be the main point of contact about dementia issues acquiring knowledge and understanding to help Seniors become dementia friendly.

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

Simply put, it is a question of resources and capacity. We have made this a priority and see becoming dementia friendly as very much part of our offer to members, their families and care givers. We will keep it simple and make sure that as we develop our understanding and involve our members, trustees and partners in our journey. 

2. Actions

  • Improved Signage

    We will improve the signs at Seniors making use of photos and show people wearing the Dementia Friends flower pin.

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  • Training

    We will hold dementia training sessions at Seniors.

    Status:
  • Dementia Champions

    We will have two designated Dementia Champions - one trustee and one staff member - to be the main point of contact about dementia issues acquiring knowledge and understanding to help Seniors become dementia friendly.

    Status: