Meaningful Education Ltd cic

Meaningful Education is a Community Interest Company based in Luton, Bedfordshire, serving the immediate and surrounding areas. Directors are Anna Flynn and Clare Copleston, Both Directors are Dementia Friend's Champions and Dignity Champions. Meaningful Education aims to: ‘Champion’ Dignity and Dementia Awareness for an improved quality of life The organisation will reach these aims via the following: Provide quality informal learning programmes for professionals that will: 1. include relevant up-to-date information and guidance for best practice 2. Encourage confidence to make professional decisions impacting upon vulnerable members of the community 3. Provide resources to assist in improved frontline service delivery The Organisation will deliver bespoke full day workshops including: Understanding Dementia, Preserving Dignity and Meaningful Daily Activities Implementation and delivery of 50+ Activities that will: 1. Increase physical activity to promote health and wellbeing 2. Encourage confidence and maintain independence 3. Reduce loneliness and isolation Provide 'Everybody's A Somebody' Personal Coaching Programme to groups or individuals which offers: 1. information, guidance and support to people wishing to develop their self-esteem and increase confidence 2. understanding personal identity, positive communication and practical skills for improving prospects 3. An individually planned pathway towards personal goals Programmes are for 6 or 12 weekly programmes with the option for additional or ad-hoc sessions.

Updated:
2 August 2016
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Community organisations
Local Alliances:
Luton 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?

Meaningful Education (ME) provides awareness events, training for professionals and community programmes to increase an understanding of Dementia; to significantly contribute to the National Campaign for a Dementia Friendly Community; to empower individuals and their families so they may access the necessary resources in order to live a full and meaningful quality of life.As a Community Interest Company ME services are planned, delivered and evaluated according to the requests and needs of the community. We strive to offer variety, promote inclusion and to be accessible - taking individuals' needs into account, making relevant adaptions to maintain independence. Through networking, attending community events, providing referral processes (for professionals and self-referrals from service users), ME continually monitors service requirements from verbal and written feedback via face to face contact, as well as remaining up-to-date with other published research reports, this enables us to shape our provisions appropriately.ME understands the changes in health that can impact on mental capacity and ensure this is considered while committing to: the protection of an individual's rights to choice, involvement in decisions which affect them, as well as feeling they are heard, understood and valued as a member of society. ME staff are dedicated to continued professional development to remain up-to-date with legislation, advancements in support and evolve relevant skills which broaden and improve provision. Meaningful Education have established strong working relationships with Local and National organisations who share our principles and ethics; to utilise others' specialisms for comprehensive, holistic services; for a joint approach to provide person-centred services which demonstrate an understanding and are conducted with the necessary sensitivity required by communities.

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

The main challenges to delivering these outcomes will be: The demand within the community may be high and we would need to consider staffing capabilities within our organisation.

Time is a real challenge –total commitment to delivering, and to ensure all networks that are involved participate too.

 

 

2. Actions

  • Giving choice and enabling independance

    Through our Meaningful daily activities programme, we enable the person with dementia to access a variety of stimulating activities in a person centred approach, while providing training for the carer to encourage and support continuation of a meaningful daily living, based on the persons preferences.

    Status:
  • Understanding Dementia Training Provider

    Meaningful Education provides awareness raising events and training on Understanding Dementia across Luton, Bedfordshire.

    We provide bespoke training opportunities that is adapted accordingly to our learners needs and abilities. Providing them with the knowledge, skills and tools to understand and provide support to those with a diagnosis or Dementia.  We have attended community events, schools and youth clubs to provide awareness raising and or training on Understanding Dementia

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Empowerment, Choice and Independence through Advice and Guidance.

    Meaningful Education promotes Empowerment, Choice and Independence through facilitating Life Coaching sessions and providing Advice and Guidance to the person with Dementia. Enabling and supporting the individual to make decisions impacting upon their life.

    Status:
    Being implemented