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ERVAS - East Riding Voluntary Action Services

We provide support and development services to the Voluntary and Community sector throughout the East Riding of Yorkshire. ERVAS delivers local infrastructure support to those groups and organisations which offer vital support to local communities. ERVAS is a registered charity and we are members of NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) and are accredited through volunteering England. ERVAS offers a number of services to the Voluntary and Community Sector: • Office Services • Community Accountancy and Payroll Services • Funding • Common Treasury • Community Development • Volunteer Centre and additional support for volunteers • Local-Links Networks

23 December 2015
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
East Riding Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?

Our work can help deliver better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers in a number of ways. We provide information, support, and training to voluntary and community sector organisations and will work towards this in a way that is as dementia friendly as practicable. We want everybody to be included in our services and would encourage people with dementia to access our services, e.g if a person with dementia would like to find a suitable volunteering opportunity they can book an appointment with us at our Volunteer Centre and we will provide information, advice and support to both the volunteer and to organisations taking on volunteers.

Through our connections with other organisations we will work with them to increase dementia awareness and understanding so that they in turn can work towards delivering dementia friendly services.

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

Like many organisations, we are constrained by time and budget to implement changes.

2. Actions

  • Increase our Dementia Awareness

    ERVAS already interacts with the largest dementia charity in the East Riding, the Alzheimer’s society, and we are always keen to learn more about dementia from them.

    We will increase our own dementia awareness in a number of ways:

    • We will encourage our staff to undertake a Dementia Friends session or watch the Dementia Friends online video
    • We will add dementia awareness to our induction process for all new staff
    • We will look at the resources on the Dementia Action Alliance website and use those that are applicable to us
    Implementation, Planning
  • Raise Dementia Awareness Locally, particularly within the community and voluntary sector

    We will encourage the organisations that we work with to become more dementia aware by signposting and encouraging them to utilise dementia resources, such as those from the Dementia Action Alliance and the Alzheimer’s Society.

    We will work in partnership with other local groups and organisations to highlight the issues surrounding dementia and to raise awareness about the support that is available locally using a variety of different mediums, including our website and weekly ebulletin

    We will work with the CCG and other health professionals to promote local voluntary groups who can support local residents and carers affected by dementia, acting as the link between the statutory and third sector to promote best practice.

    Planning, Implementation
  • Support the development of Dementia Friendly Communities

    Where local community and voluntary sector organisations identify actions which will contribute to the development of Dementia Friendly Communities we will support those organisations through advice about potential funding, constitutions or organisational development and through the promotion of proposed activities through our local networks.

    Implementation, Planning