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Carers Trust Mid Yorkshire

Carers Trust Mid Yorkshire is a charitable organisation providing respite care to Carers by the provision of Care Support Workers working in the community with individuals with care needs whist the unpaid carer takes a break from their caring role.

16 May 2018
Yorkshire and Humber
Care, Charity, Clinical Commissioning Group, Local Authorities, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Leeds Dementia Action Alliance, Wakefield and Five Towns Dementia Action Alliance, Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance, Calderdale 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 work with individuals and carers to create a person centred care and support plan and whereever possible the person with care needs would have full involvement with the decisions that are made. 

We have a range of services that support individuals and carers with any aspect of daily living that enable the carer to continue in their caring role allowing the individual with care needs to stay at home and in the community, enjoying the best quality of life for as long as possible.

Our assessments, care and support plans support individuals in the way they would like, taking into account risks. We support individuals to access a wide range of options and opportunities for support that suits them and their needs.

All our  service user guides are written in a clear language with details of who to contact with any queries, there is also information in there about other services that may be of use. We work closely with the individual and the carer to ensure they recieve a good service and so they know where to get information I need when they need it. Our CSWs work with the same family so relationships and trust is built.

Our staff all undergo Dementia Training from many different angles. Dementia friends sessions are delivered to all new members of staff and existing members of staff are requested to attend sessions or become a Dementia friend by watching the onlne videos. In addition staff have basic awareness and specific dementia training i.e Dementia and challenging behaviour. Staff know how to support the individuals they work with and understand their needs. Staff are trained to enable individuals as far as possible

At CTMY staff are trained to enable individuals to feel safe and supported in their home and in their community, which includes shops and pubs, sporting and cultural opportunities. As a result of the support we provide it is easy for individuals to continue to live in their own home and they and the carer both have the support needed  to do this.

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

Funding is the biggest challenge. As a provider of services to relieve carers we find it frustrating that we are given funding to deliver a service for perhaps 4 hours a week when there is a clear need for more support. 

2. Actions

  • Training for staff

    All care staff will be given Understanding Dementia training as part of their induction.


    2016 - First Quarter Update

    this action is ongoing

  • Dementia Friends

    Dementia Friends is promoted to all staff and sessions are held on the premises to create Dementia Friends. This session is a part of our induction process.

    Our Operations Manager and CEO are both Dementia Champions as is our Volunteer Trainer


    2016 - First Quarter Update

    this is an ongoing action.

  • Specific training

    Care staff are sent on dementia training tailored to meet specific needs. i.e

    Dementia and Behaviour that may challenge. 

    Dementia Life Story work

    Dementia Activities

    Dementia and Learning Disabilities


    2016 - First Quarter Update

    this is an ongoing activity

  • Network

    We will join the New National Family Carers Involvement Network. Formerly CC2A. Carers Call to Action.

    Being implemented