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Southend Carers

Southend Carers is an independent charity run by and for Carers. Our mission is to make life easier and fairer to Carers in Southend on Sea, and our expert information and advice is always tailored to the Carers individual and personal caring circumstances. Therefore Southend Carers endeavour help carers get the support they need – whether that’s financial, practical or emotional and to provide services to support & advise them, reduce their isolation, and improve their health & wellbeing. Our services are completely free and 100% confidential and includes: • Telephone Helpline • Information and Advice • Support Groups, Training & Social Events • Counselling & Emotional Support

Updated:
15 November 2016
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector, Local DAA Members, Voluntary, Community organisations
Local Alliances:
Southend, Castle Point and Rochford 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?

Many carers in the Southend-on-Sea accept that there may be inevitable life changes, as a result of caring for another individual.  However, they often underestimate the emotional and physical impact of caring, and neglect their own physical and mental health, as they put the needs of the person they care for first.

As a service supporting all forms of Carers irrespective of gender, age, sexuality, religion or culture, Southend Carers will:

offer carers the opportunity to assess their emotional and physical caring role risks, and access appropriate information to support healthy living, wellbeing & lifestyle to help feel more informed about their support & life options offer carers of the of opportunity to receive peer and social support to reduce their social isolation, access external health opportunities, become more active and build a stronger peer support network. Highlight the impact of caring on the family who are often overlooked including grandchildren etc… Use our website and social media to focus and promote Dementia services and support when appropriate Participate and assist with public consultations to improve service and support for Carers Indirectly improve the health & wellbeing of the person they care for

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

As access to funding becomes more competitive, a key challenge faced by the Third Sector is continued funding to sustain resources, as well as support the continuation of long term and essential projects.

Member website

www.southendcarers.co.uk

2. Actions

  • All employees and volunteers will be encouraged to become Dementia Friends

    All existing employees and volunteers will be encouraged to become Dementia Friends as part of Southend Carers Training, Development & Learning Plan.

    Becoming a Dementia Friend will become part of the Southend Carers Induction process

    Status:
    Delivered

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Raise awareness of dementia carers within existing programme of carers publicity and outreach events

    Host information sharing event during Dementia Week and Carers Week to raise awareness and the profile of Carers and Dementia, which will assist in helping carers, the public and professional to understand the day to day challenges of being a carer of a person with dementia

    Status:
    Planning

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Southend Carers are the lead organisation for the local dementia implementation plan for carers services

    • Information& advice for carers of people with dementia
    • Improved health & wellbeing information and support
    • Support and signposting to experts for those carers whose caring role ceases
    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    New member