Holt and District Dementia Support Group

Our voluntary organisation offers support for those with dementia, their carers and families living in Holt and the surrounding area through the weekly Poppy Centre and The Home Visiting Service. Trained volunteers at The Poppy Centre, our weekly Drop-in Café, provide opportunities for peer support in an easily accessible, safe and friendly environment. The co-ordinators provide a wide range of activities, with talks and advice from outside agencies and information leaflets on resources, locally and nationwide. The Poppy Centre is open every Tuesday morning. The Home Visiting Service offers respite for carers looking after those with dementia in their own homes. Visits are risk-assessed and planned by the co-ordinator and pre-arranged to suit both the clients' and carers' needs. The trained volunteers offer company, support and reassurance to those with dementia, enabling carers to take time out for a period of two to three hours. All volunteer training is on-going.

30 June 2016
East of England
Voluntary Sector, Charity
Local Alliances:
Holt 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?

The role of The Holt and District Dementia Support Group is to reach out and provide support for those living with dementia and their carers, and to develop greater awareness and understanding of dementia issues in our local community.

Through our organisation we aim to establish networks and links, and to work closely with other health and social care providers, businesses and people living with dementia, providing and sharing accessible information about the condition.

In response to the views and concerns of our client group, through a survey, a Home Visiting Service has been established which offers respite for carers who look after those with dementia in their own homes. This service is led by a designated co-ordinator who receives all referrals, carries out initial home visits and risk assessments, and supports and guides the HVS volunteers.

Our volunteers have received extensive training but are not authorised to provide personal care to those with dementia; they have access to an emergency personal care provider.

Since it began in April 2014, the H&D DSG has become a member of the North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group Providers' Forum and is represented on the Holt Area Patient Group Committee.

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

Both our client and volunteer groups continue to enhance their understanding of dementia through individual and formal group training and discussion. We have an annual training plan which is reviewed to ensure we are meeting the needs of all.

2. Actions

  • Aim to recruit more volunteers within the support group

    In view of the increased awareness of the Holt and District Dementia Support Group we need to review our current volunteer numbers and revise our strategy for further ongoing recruitment.

    Planning, Initial Scoping

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Review the current Café venue

    In our current venue seating is limited, although in the summer we are able to use the courtyard outside. With numbers steadily increasing, we may need to research local alternatives.


    2016 - First Quarter Update

    We have reviewed other alternatives to our current facility within Holt district.   we have concluded that with the imaginative use of setting/tables we are able to cope with our current numbers.

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • To develop a Cognitive Stimulation Therapy maintenance programme

    With the help of the Aylsham Care Trust we aim to develop a CST maintenance programme

    Initial Scoping

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    We are continuing to scope the feasibility of providing a mantenance programme for Cognitive Stimulation Therapy and this is to be progressed in September 2016.

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member