We provide support for people affected by young onset dementia in the Bradford District. This includes an annual supported holiday, spa breaks and activities for carers, an online suport group, a bi-monthly support group and social group, face to face and telephone support, trips and outings.
- 15 August 2016
- Charity, Community organisations, Membership Organisations, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?
We strive to give people personal choice relating to how they access our services and that services are developed in collaboration with people living with dementia right from the start of any planning processes. We also strive to support people to make choices in other areas of their lives.
The support we offer is aimed at enabling people to live better with dementia maximising ability and focussing on strengths. We will do this by empowering people to have a voice, to speak at forums, meetings and ensure there is nothing about them without them as best we can.We support people to find out about services and opportunities to enable them to live their lives to the full by sharing our knowledge and experience and acting on their behalf. We ensure people feel included in all that we do and work in an inclusive way in order to create a sense of belonging.
Through our links with University of Bradford, we work closely with researchers and support people to be involved if they wish and to make this an enjoyable, fulfilling experience.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We feel we already work in a supportive, inclusive way but will strive to ensure that we are mindful of how it feels to fit into a new group. We will work hard to support new memmbers and work towards inclusion at all times. We realise that at times, cliques can form as people move towards those in a similar situation and close bonds are formed, therefore this can sometimes pose as a challenge.
It can be challenging to speak out in meetings where there are representatives from many powerful organisations, especially for people living with dementia and their fammilies. We will aim to support them to do this and be braver ourselves but this can also be a challenge.
• We will ensure that we enable members to have as much personal choice as is possible in relation to how they access our services.
For example, people have asked for face to face support whereas some people prefer to receive this remotely. Therefore, we will provide face to face support groups (bi-monthly), online support via a closed Facebook group and a public Facebook group as well as email support, telephone support and social gatherings for a more informal option. .
- Being implemented
2016 - Third Quarter Update
We will support people and empower them to have a voice where possible in all aspects of dementia care.
We will support them through feeding into the Bradford Dementia Strategy group on their behalf, attending local meetings including Dementia Action Alliance, research and Experts by Experience meetings at University of Bradford. We will also support people to attend national meetings such as those held by Dementia Action Alliance in London.
Ensure that people living with dementia can access information relevent to their needs.
We will ensure they have access to the relevant documents and materials and help them to interpret them and respond to them in a person centred way.
- Being implemented
Support people living with dementia and their carers.
We will support new members coming into our organisation by ensuring they are introduced and welcomed and supported until they feel comfortable and socially confident
- Being implemented