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Springfield Mind

Springfield Mind is a local charity affiliated to National Mind that has a proven track record of delivering quality services within the community of South Warwickshire for over 30 years. We work holistically for a better life for one and all, particularly those experiencing mental distress. Springfield Mind exists to support and empower individuals in achieving mental wellbeing.

4 October 2016
West Midlands
Care, Health, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Coventry and Warwickshire 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?

Springfield Mind will work to reduce stigma, raise awareness adn promote wellbeing around dementia and offer signposting and information on the support available. 

We will be launching  a dementia wellbeing cafe in November. 

The Dementia Wellbeing café will aim to support people with dementia and their carer(s)/ family. It will offer a dedicated group provision set in the local community from where individuals can gain peer support, information, reduce feelings of social isolation and take part in a variety of activities that address the 5 ways to wellbeing. The dementia wellbeing cafe would be delivered on a Saturday morning to enable those who work and support a person with dementia to attend. A carers group will run in conjunction with the wellbeing cafe to ensuring that all needs are addressed and supported in an appropriate manner.

Springfield Mind also promote Books on prescription through our other services such as Wellbeing hubs, outreaches and 121 sessions across Stratford and Leamington. 

To ensure that people living with dementia, their carers/family and friends get the best possible information, advice and support, Springfield Mind will work in conjunction with other  key organisations across South Warwickshire. 

Springfield Mind will also work to support the dementia friends initiative and have a number of staff trained. We will work to ensure the whole workforce on dementia friends and also encourage our volunteers and service users to participate.

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

Some of the key challenges we face when delivering on these outcomes is:

Developing strong working relationships with key organisation in the area and understanding and being kept up to date with new developments and services. 

To reduce this challenge we have a member of staff that will co -ordinate Springfield Mind services and work with the other organisation to keep updated and informed. We have also recruited a volunteer to support this indidivdual to map services and keep them acurate. 

People not being aware of the Dementia Wellbeing Cafe and how to access. 

To ensure that those who would benefit from the service we have a clear marketing plan that will promote the service across the area and have commenced work with partners to ensure they are aware of the service and will work with us to promote.

2. Actions

  • To raise awareness and understanding about dementia within the local community

    Springfield Mind will work with other key organsiations in the local area to raise awareness and understanding around dementia. The way in which we will do this is:

    Launch a new Dementia Wellbeing cafe in Stratford upon Avon. This will be available to all those who are touched by dementia. We will enlist the support of other local organisations/experts that can give information, advice, guidance and support on services, coping strategies and other networks to enable people to have a good understanding of dementia and enable them to stay living in their local community for longer. 

    Springfield Mind will also take part in activities in Dementia Awareness Week, supporting the national theme and reaching out to those in the wider community to raise awareness.

    We will encourage staff, volunteers and our service users to sign up as dementia friends to promote the initiative and have a greater understanding of how they can support an individual living with dementia in their local community.


    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    October 2016 : Dementia wellbeing cafe launched is now in its 10th month of delivery. Programmes have been developed around the wellbeing for those living with dementia and their carers. Both carers and people with dementia have also developed their own activities from interests, presenting at the group. Springfield Mind work with numerous organisations to provide activities around wellbeing. They have all been guided by members ideas and wishes. These include: guideposts carers talk, music sessions, singing, mini olympics, tea and chat, nutrition, mindfulness, dancing doggies. Springfield Mind have become one of the key organisations with the new dementia cafe network developed by Stratford district council. This has included inputting into the local dementia cafe magazine, sharing information and ideas with other cafes and attending quarterly meetings. All volunteers and staff involved in the delivery of the dementia wellbeing cafe are dementia friends.

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

    Preparing to launch Dementia Wellbeing Cafe.

    70% staff already signed up as dementia friends - need to get this to 100% and encourage volunteers and service users.

  • Learn, understand and inform about the gaps in service provision for people living with dementia

    Springfield Mind will;

    Map services for people with dementia with in the local area.  

    Talk with those living with dementia to understand their needs and requirements.

    Inform local commissioning of the requirements.

    Develop new initiatives, working in conjunction with other organisations, people living with dementia and social and health care professionals.


    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    Oct 2016: 

    Springfield Mind are working with SDC in the development of a dementia cafe network and has attended 2 meetings. This includes growing awareness of all cafes available, sharing information and support for the cafe network.

    All that is developed within the dementia wellbeing cafe is taken from the suggestions of our members. Work is also undertake with external needs such as blue badge issues that have been raised within the cafe environment 

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

    This is in the planning process.

  • Ensure all staff and volunteers have a good understanding of dementia and are trained in supporting those living with dementia

    Springfield Mind will work to ensure all staff and volunteers are fully trained in working with people with dementia and have a good knowledge of services available to individuals in the area.

    Springfield Mind will include dementia training on their induction programme for new staff.

    Experts in dementia will be invited to team meetings and volunteer peer meetings to support understanding and knowledge.

    Ongoing training/learning opportunities will be sourced for staff and volunteers.


    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    Oct 2016: 

    The Service Co-ordinator has undertaken a number of training courses to support her knowledge and skills within the dementia wellbeing cafe. this include attending the Young onset dementia conference, dementia awareness courses and reminiscence training. 

    Our volunteers have the opportunity to undergo training and a number of them have undertaken the online dementia awareness course. We continue to encouarge learning for both our staff and volunteers

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member - In planning process.