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The Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire Community Rehabilitation Company Limited (BENCH CRC)

Following a national competition and share sale, Sodexo, in partnership with crime reduction charity Nacro, took ownership of six Community Rehabilitation Companies in England. The BeNCH Community Rehabilitation Company is one of those six. With more than two decades delivering justice services across the UK and a portfolio of five prisons, Sodexo brings a wealth of experience in managing and reducing reoffending. Nacro’s position as the country’s leading crime reduction charity also brings a strong heritage of helping offenders to turn their lives around. While ownership of the six Community Rehabilitation Companies has transferred to Sodexo, day-to-day leadership of each Company remains with the local Chief Executive Officer. Under Transforming Rehabilitation the CRCs continue to use their expertise to build on their strong foundations of protecting the public and reducing reoffending. They are now also responsible for supervising service users on release from prison sentences of less than 12 months. These individuals were not previously subject to statutory supervision. Success in reducing reoffending will be rewarded by the Government on a payment by results basis. This new direction presents an exciting opportunity to combine the skills, expertise and commitment of colleagues from across Community Rehabilitation Companies, Sodexo and Nacro to manage risk, deliver safer communities and change lives. We look forward to the future.

5 October 2016
East of England
Local Alliances:
Luton 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?

BeNCH CRC wish to improve their awareness and understanding of dementia in order to provide the best support we are able to people we support with a dementia diagnosis or memory problems.

We wish to join the local DAA in order to be connected to other services that our clients affected by dementia may benefit from using.

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

The difficulties BeNCH CRC employees will face is the lack of experience we each have as individuals.  Within our role we very rarely fall upon persons with this condition.

However, with the help and support of an association like the Alzheimer’s Society, we would we will have a better understanding and improve our knowledge.  

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2. Actions

  • Improve Dementia Awareness

    We have received a Dementia Friends Information Session for our team working in the Luton office. We will inform our colleagues in other areas and other organisations we work with of the benefits of this session and encourage them to book a session and join their local Dementia Action Alliances.

    Being implemented
  • Encourage our service users with memory concerns to consult with their GP

    We understand the importance of a timely diagnosis for our service users who are concerned about their memory. A memory assessment by a specialist can be accessed by referral by their GP. A diagnosis enables people to access the correct support, benefits and allows future planning decisions to be made

    Being implemented
  • Encourage our service users with a dementia diagnosis to contact other agencies to enable them to obtain the support they need

    We will use our contacts within the Luton Dementia Action Alliance to refer our service users to those who can provide the correct support they need.

    Being implemented