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Sefton Pensioners Advocacy Centre

We are a local charity providing advocacy services to older people in Sefton. We have been operating successfully for 20 years and are one of the largest providers of advocacy to older people in the country. We have 13 paid staff and a large number of trained volunteers. We have specialist projects for Cancer Advocacy, Dementia Advocacy and Nursing / Residential Home Advocacy as well as general advocacy. Our service is independent and confidential. We also facilitate a network of Older Persons Forum Meetings in Sefton.

Updated:
5 July 2016
Sectors:
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 ensure that people living with dementia get an equal access to our advocacy service by providing two specialist dementia advocates within our organisation. These advocates work with the person and / or their family to ensure that their voice is heard in any decision making and planning, including planning for care.

We have staff members trained to work as DOLs Advocates, IMHA and IMCA advocates.

As key members of the Sefton Partnership for Older Citizens, SPAC ensures that the Dementia Strategy and Older Persons Strategy are promoted at our forum events, and that issues relating to dementia are included in the agenda of Older Persons Forum meetings and Sefton Partnership for Older Citizens Meetings.

We have Dementia Champions in our staff team and regularly offer Dementia Friends Training.

We are supporting the local DAA by participating in the Steering Group meetings.

Our Director is the chair of the local Health & Social Care Forum and is also a member of the Health & Wellbeing Board ensuring that all relevant discussions around services include consideration of people living with dementia.

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

Cuts to local authority and health funding will mean increasing pressures on social care and health services in our area.  Our challenge is to make sure that the voice of older people living with dementia is heard when care planning is taking place.  Through our specialist advocacy support, we seek to ensure that people living with dementia in Sefton are treated with dignity and respect.

Through our Older Persons Forum Meetings, we aim to keep the needs of people living with dementia in the minds of those who are planning and developing local services

Member website

www.spacadvocacy.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Regular Dementia Friends sessions for staff and volunteers

    Dementia Friends awareness sessions will be offered to new staff and volunteers on a regular basis.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Specialist Dementia Advocacy Project

    When seeking future funding for our organisation, we will endeavour to maintain our specialist dementia project provision so that we can guarantee a high quality advocacy service for people living with dementia and their families.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Dementia issues to be included in Older Persons Forum agendas

    Any relevant issues or campaigns regarding Dementia to be included in the Older Persons Forum Meetings across Sefton.  For example, the forum agendas will promote Dementia Awareness Week and will be updated on progress with the Sefton DAA.  People living with dementia and their families will be included in the Older Persons Forum meetings if they wish to attend, and venues will be Dementia Friendly where possible.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member