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CHP Foundations

The CHP Foundations is a grant-giving charitable division of CHP. It has three priorities targeted towards our residents: Support for people living with dementia and their carers; Training and help for people looking for work; Relief from loneliness.

6 October 2016
East of England
Housing Sector
Local Alliances:
Chelmsford 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?

The CHP Foundations is committed in supporting initiatives, projects and existing work being carried out by other partners and organisations who support people living with dementia and their carers. Contribution towards Dementia Friendly Community status for Chelmsford achieved in March 2015. Looking for all CHP shopping parades to achieve Dementia Friendly Community status by end of 2017. Trained two Dementia Champions who have delivered awareness sessions to all CHP staff and local groups. Looking to train further Dementia Champions to continue providing awareness sessions. To enhance the already successful Age UK Befriending service, funded a coordinator for 3 years to deliver a Befriending Service to CHP residents of all ages. Funding a research project in partnership with Age UK to identify the possible percentage of dementia sufferers within CHP homes and their carers.

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

As a housing association we rely a great deal on other organisations, friends and family to identify residents who may be suffering from dementia or residents who are caring for someone with dementia. It is believed that we are unaware of many residents who may need support and so the research project will hopefully identify where, if necessary, we need to provide further resource. Awareness is the key factor and to continue to deliver awareness sessions to all key personnel is vital for the organisation as it may be a member of staff from any area of the organisation that visits a resident and identifies the need for support.

2. Actions

  • Investigate a project to commission a dementia brokerage service for CHP residents in partnership with Age UK

    Phase 1 - Commission a research company to identify the level of need for dementia services amongst CHP residents and report findings to CHP Foundations Trustees once completed.

    Phase 2 - Age UK will provide a Dementia Connections style service for CHP residents based on the outcome of Phase 1.

    Being implemented
  • Recruit and train Dementia Champions to deliver Dementia Awareness sessions.

    To recruit CHP residents as volunteers to train as Dementia Champions who will then deliver Dementia Awareness sessions to CHP staff, local groups and CHP parade shop keepers and staff.

    Being implemented
  • To enable CHP shopping parades obtain Dementia Friendly Community status

    To provide Dementia Friends Awareness sessions to CHP parade shop keepers and staff and work towards supporting them to become Dementia Friendly Communities.