Sefton O.P.E.R.A is a charitable voluntary organisation working within the Borough of Sefton. The project began in 1999 using complimentary therapies to enhance the well-being of the older person. Since the project began, we have worked with over 27,000 people establishing a successful track record. Sefton O.P.E.R.A has 5 staff, 9 committee members, and over 70 trained volunteers many of who are qualified instructors. The volunteers facilitate activities, ranging from basic massage to a full programme of complimentary therapies. Since 2003 we have been part of the Interchange Project, where Student Doctors shadow our volunteer teams to learn about services available for older persons and gain first hand experience of the benefits of complementary therapies.
- 7 November 2016
- North West
- Care, Charity
- Local Alliances:
- Sefton DAA
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 have a proven history of working with people affected by dementia and their carers.
We provide a broad range of activities for older people, and work in many residential and sheltered accommodations. We will ensure all our staff and volunteers are dementia aware in all we do.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We have a large number of volunteers and can have substantial intake of new volunteers from time to time. Our training of volunteers will need review to incorporate our action plan for dementia. We aim to ensure all volunteers become dementia friends.
Improve our understanding of dementia
We will regularly provide dementia friendly training to our volunteers.
Work collaboratively with Alzheimer's Society
We will build and develop our links with the Alzheimer's Society to enable us to have greater knowledge of how best to provide activities for local persons affected by dementia.
Services for Carers.
We will provide activities and services for carers of persons affected by dementia. The aims will be to reduce isolation, improve quality of life and overall wellbeing for carers.
2016 - Third Quarter Update
We have developed a number of new activities which have been promoted through Alzheimers Society and Sefton Carers including our new Its Never Too Late to look Great programme, supporting people to make lifestyle changes to improve their health, including weigh ins, gentle exercise, healthy eating and beauty tips. We also run a new knitting group and a men behaving brilliantly group. Our Tea Dances also offer a discounted rate for carers who are taking their friends/family/loved ones to our social afternoon.