McCarthy Bennett Holland Solicitors

We are a solicitors practice specialising in Wills, LPAs, Probate, Estate Planning & Management, Family, Conveyancing, Litigation, Personal Injury, Commercial and Employment Law. We have 17 members of staff. We are situated in Wigan.

5 October 2016
North West
Local Alliances:
Wigan 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 would like our staff to become Dementia friendly.  This would help us provide a better service to those seeking legal assistance whilst living with dementia.  We have a busy Wills & Probate department who regularly interact with the elderly and we would like them to feel understood and to ensure our services provide them with the help that they need.  We would be willing to also provide a legal clinic for those who live with dementia to again ensure that they can access the services and help they need.

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

We need more training to help our staff to understand dementia and how to assist those who live with this.  This is especially important within our Wills & Probate team who regularly interact with the elderly and those living with Dementia.  It may also help us spot where a client has Dementia and help signpost them to other services that they need.  To enable us to do this however we need more information and assistance from Dementia Friendly businesses to ensure we send them to the right business that can help them properly and understand their needs.

Member website

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friendly awareness sessions for staff

    For our staff to have training to become Dementia Friendly.  We have contacted Wigan Council and have a training session scheduled on 28th September 2016.

    Being implemented
  • To raise awareness

    We would like to use your logo on our e-mails and website.  We would also like to assist in providing leaflets in our officies raising awareness and advertising Dementia Friendly activities.

    We already support The Lewy Body Society and help them raise awareness.  They are already embodded on our website and we recently completed the Wigan 10K to help them fundraise and raise awareness.

    Being implemented
  • Legal Services

    To provide a better service to those who live with Dementia.  We are willing to provide free legal clinics to those with Dementia to help ensure they access the services they need. 

    Initial Scoping