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Henshaws is a charity that supports people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to achieve their ambitions and go beyond expectations. We believe that everyone has the right to an independent and fulfilling life. Our support, advice and training helps people and their families build skills, develop confidence and look forward to a positive future.

25 August 2017
North West
Care, Charity, Children Young People and Students, Communication, Education Sector, Health, Social Care, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance , Salford Dementia Action Alliance , Trafford Dementia Action Alliance, Manchester Dementia Action Alliance , Wigan Dementia Action Alliance, Oldham 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?

Henshaws are a charity working with visually impaired people of all ages. The majority of our clients are 60+.  We offer wide range programmes that are designed to help people with visual impairment retain independence and stay connected through social activities and peer support. Our role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers is centred on addressing the specific needs of people with dementia who are also visually impaired. We know that visual impairment is often a secondary consideration for people with dementia and their carers/family and that visual impairment is often hidden and can be preventable. We aim to support people with dementia, their families and carers to understand sight loss, to become more aware of how to prevent sight loss and to support people to cope with their combined sight loss and dementia effectively  in order to improve quality of life.

Our Dementia friends Champions are supporting Henshaws in being a more dementia friendly organisation and ensuring all of our staff are dementia aware in order to provide a positive experience for our clients with visual impairment and dementia.

We want to develop, deliver and evaluate a number of different programmes of activity that ensure that the specific needs of this group a met. 

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

We are a diverse organisation with 300+ staff.  Staff understanding of dementia could be improved.  Our Dementia Friends Champions will be challenged in terms of reaching all of our staff in order to promote dementia awareness. We would plan to increase awareness gradually – starting in the North West. 

We need to source additional funding to enable us to research and develop pilot programmes.

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2. Actions

  • Raising awareness of dementia and sight loss amongst organisations working with people with dementia

    Attending DAA meetings to highlight issues surrounding poeple with Sight loss and dementia

    Networking with local organisations to promote the needs of people with sight loss and dementia

    Being implemented
  • Raising awareness of dementia amongst staff

    Train additional Dementia Friend Champions

    Delivery of dementia friend training

    Being implemented
  • Developing, delivering and evaluating programmes of activity designed to enable people with dementia to live well for longer

    Identifying project partners

    Identifying potential funder

    Delivering activities targeting poeple with dementia and sight loss