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Age UK Horsham District

Age UK Horsham District is a local charity established in 1958. We work across the Horsham District to provide services and activities that promote, influence and improve the wellbeing and quality of later life in Horsham District. We are brand partners with Age UK and have many excellent working partnerships with organisations including Horsham District Council, West Sussex County Council, Horsham District Older People’s Forum and Age UK West Sussex; all these partnerships enable us to provide an extensive variety of services.

16 March 2016
South East
Charity, Care
Local Alliances:
Horsham 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?

Age UK Horsham District is committed to ensuring we deliver services to those living with dementia and their carers which are in line with the 7 outcomes of the DAA.

All of our generic services are accessible to those living with dementia (2) and the Dementia Services Manager leads specific dementia services across the Horsham District. Working in partnership with WSCC Carers Breaks we provide 5 dementia clubs designed specifically around the needs of members and carers (1,2,3,4,5,6)

Members are supported to access activities around their individual hobbies, whilst carers are supported at carers meeting and with signposting to ensure they are aware of how their needs can be met. (2,3,4) We encourage choice of provision and monitor members to this effect.

All staff and volunteers have a basic introduction to dementia in their induction and everyone is encouraged to become a dementia friend (we run regular dementia friends sessions using our own dementia champions)

We seek to provide dementia friendly buildings through décor, layout and signage and we use dementia friendly marketing materials. (2,3,5)

Two senior team members and a board member are involved with DAA. Two sit on the main steering committee and one sits on two working groups (7)

Age UK Horsham District has a number of excellent working partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders, giving us many opportunities to promote DAA. (7)



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

As an organization Age UK Horsham District is well placed to deliver the seven outcomes as they are in line with our own bench marking outcomes. We already have in place robust and effective monitoring covering these outcomes.

2. Actions

  • To run regular dementia friends sessions from our building (minimum 4 a year)

    To run dementia friends sessions for all new staff and volunteers, as well as opening it up to others in the Horsham District as space allows.


    2018 - First Quarter Update

    17/18 Update:

    Age UK Horsham District has led 6 dementia friends sessions over the last 12 months ( 2 to a local removal company ) This has also led to opportunities to promote the work of the alliance.

  • Run regular carers meeting for all carers of those attending dementia clubs.

    Carers meetings are held across the Horsham District at all of our dementia clubs. They are designed around carers own needs and choice. Carers meetings are held in each of the 5 venues a minimum of 4 times a year. During the meetings carers will be offered support and signposting as appropriate to other organizations that may be able to meet individual needs.


    2018 - First Quarter Update

    17/18 update:

    Throughout the year we have provided regular Carers meetings to those benefiting from the respite service Age UK Horsham District provides and have promoted the work of the alliance at meetings with carers. 

  • Continuing to open new dementia clubs across the Horsham District.

    We are committed to opening 5 dementia clubs across the Horsham district allowing carers to have a wide choice of location and day they would benefit most from respite provision. Each club is person centred offering activities that are dementia friendly and cater for individuals own interests, hobbies and abilities.


    2018 - First Quarter Update

    17/18 update:

    In the last year we have carried out a full review of our Dementia Service which has resulted in us now running three clubs across the Horsham District Horsham- Monday and Storrington Tuesday and Friday providing a safe social space for those living with dementia to engage in dementia friendly activities for up to 36 individuals for 6 hours a day.