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Carers Wakefield

Carers Wakefield provides support to unpaid carers in the Wakefield & District area. This may be for a relative, child or friend who is ill, has a disability or has a mental health problem.

21 July 2016
Yorkshire and Humber
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Wakefield and Five Towns 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?

We aim to raise awareness of the issues of someone living with Dementia and look for ways of improving this, by providing information and support to the people caring for them.

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

Carers often say that the support that they require, will be much reduced ,by having the right resources available to the people they are caring for.Sometimes resources are available but the carers are unaware of these, therefore it is our aim to make contact with as many unpaid carers as possible to share information and signpost them to the correct service providers.

2. Actions

  • To increase awareness of Dementia by providing all staff with Dementia Friendly training

    All staff will be provided with Dementia Friendly training over the next 12 months.Staff who have already attended the training but it has been more than 12 months ago, will be able to attend as a refresher

  • Develop a group for carers caring for someone with Dementia

    A newly appointed Carer Support Worker who has specialist knowledge around Dementia, will establish a carers support group for people caring for someone with Dementia.The Carer Support Worker will also recruit volunteers to help support people with Dementia who attend the group with their unpaid carer.

  • Improving environments for Dementia sufferers at all venues where we provide support groups.

    Carers Wakefield have their own Dementia Champion who plans to visit all venues where groups are run and discuss changes that can be made to improve the environment for a Dementia sufferer.The Dementia Champion will use the checklist from Dementia UK website and identify actions that could be made.It will include signage, landmarks, lighting etc so that the Dementia sufferer will be able to move around the building with greater ease.They will suggest a quiet space for individuals to be able to gather their thoughts.Funding will be sourced to support additional costs for community venues.