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Keystone runs 4 support groups for carers of a person living with dementia and a dementia friendly café. At one of the groups carers are able to bring the person they care for and they have their own group in the same location. We are able to offer lifts to the Keystone meetings for carers known to us and are looking at a befriending scheme to alleviate loneliness and isolation. New groups are being planned.

30 August 2016
North West
Local Alliances:
Sefton DAA, Liverpool 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?

As a member of the DAA it will be easier to ascertain what work is already being done in the area so as to join with it, to signpost people to a relevant group or to try to tackle something different. It will also mean Keystone will benefit from ideas from partner organizations and publicity and contribute to other DAA members. Keystone listens to the carers we come into contact with and keep up with local press. We also have links with our local Alzheimer’s Society and Sefton Pensioners Advocacy and hope to build links with other members of DAA.

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

It can be difficult for carers to accept a label of Dementia in their loved one and so may find accepting support difficult. Carers also find it difficult at times to leave the person they care for to attend a group. Publicity is needed for carers to find the groups and locations are aimed at being central to the area covered and easy to access.

2. Actions

  • Provide carer and cared-for support groups running on the Keystone model.

    What we are going to do:

    Keystone will offer support groups on different days during the month to be accessible to all carers in Sefton. We will start new groups as a need is identified and produce a pack for anyone interested in setting up their own group detailing the Keystone model.


  • Training and information

    Keystone will offer training, information and updating for the local community, carers and Keystone team.

    What we are going to do:

    Keystone will organise and run an annual conference aimed at the local community and covering different topics such as Dementia Friendly Community or something specific to carers. We will also host Dementia Friends Sessions for the local community and aim to destigmatise dementia through Dementia Friendly Hightown. Thornton and Crosby.


  • Work towards Dementia Friendly Churches throughout the area of Sefton.

    What we are going to do:

    Members of the Keystone team aim to visit each church in the area and provide booklets called “Dementia Friendly Church” and “Visiting someone with Dementia.” We will also offer information for each individual church including for them to set up a support group.


    Being implemented