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Plymouth Octopus Project (P.O.P+)

We facilitate, co-ordinate and support the Voluntary and Community Sector in our city. We run networks, provide training, advise on funding and legal structures and ensure a political voice for the sector.

14 August 2018
Local Alliances:
Plymouth 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 will provide dementia awareness sessions for all of our 6 staff and will offer the sessions out to our partners as well. We will also work to raise awareness and understanding of Dementia in the wider public and throughout our sector by sharing information, supporting and publicising campaigns around Dementia and where possible, facilitating training for people in the sector to increase their understanding.

Following on from that, with our own personal greater understanding, we will review and adjust where necessary, our human resources policy to ensure that they are understanding and supportive of any staff member who has occasion to deal with Dementia in their personal life.

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

We have a non-standard office set up where our staff all work autonomously and out of the office much of the time. Alongside this, our organisation has little appeal to anyone who has a diagnosis of Dementia so we are unlikely to interact with them directly and carers may not be known to us. We are also a non-profit organisation with little spare time or money.

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2. Actions

  • Awareness sessions for all staff to attend

    We will arrange a dementia awareness session for all of our staff and we will also open this up to our partners in order to improve the organisation's understanding of the challenges facing people living with dementia.

    Being implemented

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Designate Policy Review to a staff member

    After training is completed we will allocate time to 1 staff member to review HR policies ensuring that they are understanding of the needs of people facing dementia in their personal lives. They will feed back any necessary changes to the team to make sure we are all aware.

  • We will support any Dementia Action or education scheme.

    We will use our connections in the city, social media, newsletter and our website to support and encourage awareness of dementia and any awareness projects that are running nationwide.