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Community360 (formerly CCVS) is an independent charity that works to help communities thrive. We want to make sure that as many people as possible can access the best opportunities available, that community groups can keep on providing vital local services and that we work together to ensure a good quality of life for all. We do this by running projects, helping others to run projects, by championing the voluntary and community sector and empower local citizens. We work in partnership with as many people and groups as possible and offer services that include, a community transport scheme, shopmobility, volunteer centre and Time Bank, Community Development and Community Accounts scheme.

17 May 2017
East of England
Care, Health, Membership Organisations, Transport Sector, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Colchester 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?

Community360 will support people with dementia and their families and carers by :

Utilising our role as a community leader to support dementia and dementia friendly services in whatever way we can to remain a high priority in our community - this may be through promotion of the issues affecting people or by keeping it on the agenda of partnership projects we work on Ensuring that all of our staff and volunteers are better informed about dementia, including providing Dementia Friends training Increasing access for our member organisations (local voluntary and community groups) to access information and experiences that improve their understanding of dementia Facilitating fundraising that will help local projects to assist people with dementia and their families more effectively Liaising with regional dementia activities, such as other local Dementia Action Alliances, to join up priorities where there is an opportunity to build a stronger support system together

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

Our first challenge will be to manage the interest we have already received in the work we would like to do and responding to it at speed.  We are mitigating this by embedding the work in existing mechanisms, such as the One Colchester strategic group, which will allow us to work effectively and in partnership. 

We anticipate that the scale of the training that the community will want undertake will take time and support from existing Dementia Champions.  We have begun to make contact to help this aim.

We would like to fundraise to support local projects.  Fundraising can be a challenge but we have an experienced team with good local relationships who will tackle this action.

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2. Actions

  • Support partnership working that focuses on Dementia

    Our CEO is chair of the ONE Colchester Strategic Group and will chair the Dementia Action Alliance through this mechanism

    We will encourage sign up to the Dementia Action Alliance through this and other existing networks - reviewing status every three months

    We will work with teams on the ground in communities to share the aims of the local Alliance

    We will highlight the work of the Alliance through local news and community publications and social media


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  • Increase understanding and awareness of Dementia

    Organise regular Dementia Friends training for staff, volunteers and local member groups

    Identify community leaders to train as Dementia Champions

    Promote information and experiences (i.e Virtual Dementia Tours) to contacts

    Update staff, volunteers and local member groups on research and projects through our news services


    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Facilitate fundraising for projects

    Conduct a scoping exercise with local partners to identify any gaps in service provision or opportunities to enhance local resources

    Liaise with funders to ensure proposed projects meet their objectives

    Support or complete funding applications


    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Member