Bromley & Lewisham Mind
Bromley & Lewisham Mind works alongside people with mental health problems and dementia, in the London Boroughs of Bromley & Lewisham, to improve their quality of life. Our vision is that everyone with mental health problems and dementia gets the support & respect they deserve. Our core values are: • Active participation, recognising and using the skills of people with lived experience of mental health problems and dementia. • Valuing individuality and responding to the unique needs, interests, histories and aspirations of everyone we support. • Reaching out to anyone who needs us, particularly those who may feel most excluded. • Continuous improvement to deliver high quality services and meet changing needs Our aims are to: • Support people to make well informed choices about their lives. • Equip people to cope with, manage and improve their own mental health. • Facilitate access to fulfilling activities and valued roles in their community • Provide safe and stimulating services when people are most vulnerable. • Improve understanding of the experience of people with mental health problems and dementia.
- 27 August 2018
- Care, Local Authorities, Membership Organisations, Commissioners Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Bromley Dementia Action Alliance, 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?
- We design services to meet individual needs. We provide a range of services through Dementia Support Centres and respite in the home.
- We respect dignity and choice in all circumstances.
- We provide support to clients and carers through information & training that helps to improve their quality of life.
- We offer relaxed day care environments where everyone’s abilities, skills & interests are maximised. There are also opportunities to learn new skills.
- We aim to make everyone feel included and valued within their own home or within their communities.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
- Delivering high quality services within tight financial constraints.
- Continuous Personal Development to motivate staff and ensure best practice is followed in all circumstances.
- Attracting & meeting the needs of clients and carers from diverse backgrounds & BME Groups.
Services need to be designed to meet my needs & those of my carer
To provide a range of activities to clients within Dementia Support Centres or their own homes, to enhance their well-being and maintain their skills & interests. To set up carers’ Focus Groups during the year to consult with cares on planned developments and gaps in services.
To raise awareness and ensure my carer and I feel respected and included in all situations
To help people with dementia feel part of the wider community by encouraging local businesses to become ‘dementia friendly’
To increase knowledge & understanding through training to informal carers and local organisations.
To provide support for clients & their carers by providing two ‘ Dementia Well-being & Exercise Cafes’ near both Dementia Support Centres– one in Beckenham; the other in St. Paul’s Cray
We launched two ‘Dementia Well-being & Exercise Cafes’ during National Carers Week in June 2015. One Café is at ‘venue 28’ in Beckenham Road, Beckenham; and the other in the URC small hall at Giggs Hill, Orpington. These Cafes will open for 2 hours during the morning on a monthly basis. A Dementia Information Officer will lead each session and be available to give informal advice & guidance. There will also be a trained fitness instructor to lead an exercise session during the Cafes opening times.