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GIFT Project

Chapel House Dementia Resource Centre and RETAIN Wellbeing CIC have come together to provide the GIFT (Gaining, Involvement, Fostering, Talents) social inclusion project in the 5 Wirral South wards to prevent and reduce social isolation. GIFT works alongside and in support of the groups and charities in Wirral South – working together in a mutually beneficial manner. Volunteers are a committed and essential element of our provision. We work with people who may be isolated, or at risk of isolation from 5 sections of the community; people 50+, from black and ethnic minorities, who have substance misuse problems, with mental health issues and carers. We engage in a person centred conversation leading to practical solutions and support for each person. We then strive for them to connect with their choice of social situation – befriender, groups, and activities or to join our project as a much valued volunteer. GIFT are introducing a Social Isolation Charter to promote awareness and recognition of the effects of this issue and how we each can play a part in building strong, resilient and friendly communities.

Updated:
13 September 2016
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Other
Local Alliances:
Wirral 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?

GIFT will promote awareness of the National Dementia Declaration alongside provision of Dementia Friends sessions.  We will ensure our Coordinators receive the Dementia Champion training and provide sessions to our volunteers and wider workforces.

Through the project we will advocate and educate communities and businesses in creating dementia friendly communities.

Our project includes committed time from an Admiral Nurse, in providing local community support and knowledge to carers and people living with dementia.  We aim to learn and share this knowledge from the expertise of the collaborative working with Admiral Nurses.

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

One of our main issues with delivering these outcomes is finding people who are socially isolated, together with identifying those living with dementia and their carers. We know that there are a lot of individuals out there who are not getting the help they could, either because they are not aware of it or they are afraid to ask.  One of our aims is to increase knowledge of the services that are out there.

Member website

www.giftnetwork.co.uk

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends Champions in our organisation

    We plan to identify and book onto local Dementia Friends Champion training, so that we can have two GIFT Coordinators complete this and become Dementia Friends Champions by 30thJune 2016.

    Status:
    Completed

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    Two GIFT Coordinators are now Dementia Friends Champions.

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Providing Dementia Friends Information Sessions and raising awareness of the Wirral DAA

    We aim to provide a minimum of six Dementia Friends Awareness sessions to local community groups / residents / businesses in Wirral South by January 2017.  We will use our existing links with community groups and local businesses to promote the provision of Dementia Friends session in Wirral South.

    We will also promote awareness of the Wirral Dementia Action Alliance during the sessions. 

    Status:
    Planning

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    2 Dementia awareness sessions carried out within Wirral South and a 3rd session being planned.

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Dementia awareness for our volunteers and colleagues in ARCH catering units.

    We aim to ensure that all of our volunteers receive Dementia Friends awareness sessions.

    We aim to train a minimum of two people per location within our ARCH colleagues catering services, so that they can better support people living with dementia and their carers.

    Status:
    Planning

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member