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Coastal West Sussex Mind

We are a local mental health charity providing help and support to local people and their families. Respecting the needs and rights of individuals to have control of their lives, we aim to empower people with mental health needs to be as independent as possible and help them to benefit from optimum support and activities in their community. We offer help and support to assist them in lead a fulfilling life within their community. People are offered help and advice on: • Improving their physical health and mental wellbeing • Strengthening their self-esteem and self-confidence. • Building strong relationships with family, friends and communities • Learning new skills and ways of solving problems • Getting into education, training and work • Achieving their personal and social goals We work hard to tackle the stigma and discrimination which continue to affect the lives of people with mental health problems.

17 January 2019
South East
Care, Children Young People and Students, Health, Membership Organisations, Voluntary Sector, Charity, Clinical Commissioning Group, Social Care
Local Alliances:
Chichester Dementia Action Alliance, Bognor Dementia Action Alliance, Worthing Dementia Action Alliance, Arun District 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?

Coastal West Sussex Mind offers support to people with dementia and their family carers across the Chichester, Arun, Midhurst and surrounding areas.  We deliver better outcomes by providing:

Ongoing information and advice for families Saturday club/respite groups

Cognitive Stimulation TherapyPeer support groups for carers and people with dementia to meet others in a similar situation.

Also, by working closely with each person to address issues they are facing, with an emphasis on health and wellbeing, confidence boosting and raising self esteem.

Through our facilitated events, we aim to help people with dementia remain respected, active members of their community, which at the same time challenges stigma and raises local awareness of dementia.

By working closely in partnership with other organisations, families and carers we seek to ensure that each person has access to all the support available, in order for them to remain in their own home, mentally and physically well, for as long as possible.

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

There is still a perception in some areas that there is nothing which can be done for people with dementia, and there can be significant stigma attached to this. We recognise the challenge in combatting these perceptions, breaking down barriers to people seeking support ensuring that information is available when they need it.

As a local mental health charity our resources are limited. We are reliant upon contracts to deliver our key services and working in partnership with others for access to venues and support in delivery.

People do not recognise they need support or willing to accept it until they reach a crisis, by which time their needs may be beyond our criteria within a very short space of time.

Partnership working. The feedback that people are bombarded with information suggests that maybe what people are given isn't tailored to their circumstances at the time, and then regularly reviewed.

2. Actions

  • To develop services to meet the needs of people with dementia and their carers

    We will continue to involve people with dementia and their families in the development, planning and running of our projects.  By offering a personalised service with choices, individuals will feel more in control of lives.

    We will ensure that all members of staff and volunteers receive dementia training and develop a good understanding of each person, so that we are able to provide the best possible support to our group members.

  • Ensure that active user an carer involvement is at the heart of everything we do

    To develop a new service user involvement policy through the user involvement development group, and ensure that the outcomes are embedded across our living well services. To review our Carer s Charter to ensure that we are meeting the needs of carers, be they users of our services or our staff

  • To support people with dementia and their carers to feel valued members of their community

    We will facilitate supported local community events which will enable those affected by dementia to fully participate and make use of local attractions and to remain active members of their local community, for as long as possible.

    This will also help raise awareness of the realities of living with dementia amongst venue providers and members of the public.

  • To provide ongoing advice and information for those affected by dementia

    We will provide advice and information as needs arise.  We will focus on physical and mental health and wellbeing to help individuals live as well as possible. We will use the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ to support this approach. By working in partnership we will ensure that each person has access to all the support available to them, both locally and nationally. We will proactively promote other services as well as our own to ensure that people are able to access what is right for them. We will lead by example, in both the quality of our service delivery and our partnership with others.