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Community Together CIC

Community Together CIC was launched in 2011 to provide a 'One Stop' service to enable anyone in the community to gain appropriate support and guidance at the time it was needed. We are a not for profit Community Interest Company with a passion for providing a holistic set of community based services which are shaped by learning and consultation from the communities we serve. Since its launch in 2011 Communities Together CIC has significantly developed its services working across Tamworth in areas of recognised need. As a result of the hard work our dedicated team of 54 volunteers providing 149 hours per week service across a range of services, we have been award The Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2016. We now deliver: • 6 Community Cafes • 4 Job Clubs • 3 Youth Clubs • Cooking Healthy on a Budget Courses • Adult Community Learning Courses •Support Buddies – Befriending • A range of Wellbeing services including Positive Steps and Community exercise classes.

29 November 2018
West Midlands
Voluntary, Community organisations
Local Alliances:
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Dementia Action Alliance, Tamworth Dementia Friendly Community

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 want to become a DAA member as our organisation is in contact on a regular basis with service users living with Dementia and understand the importance of people living with Dementia remaining active participants in their communities for as long as possible on their dementia journey and how this also raises awareness in the communities with people who are not living with dementia to create a more dementia friendly community and break down barriers.

We will establish what actions are important locally for people affected by Dementia by –

  • Being committed to working with the Local Authority on Tamworth becoming a Dementia Friendly Town.
  • Ensure our own organisations infrastructure encourages user engagement
  • Create a Town Centre Dementia Friendly Space. 

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

The challenges in delivering these actions could be –

  • Ensuring sufficient time is allocated to carry out the actions needed.
  • Funding
  • Raising awareness and the importance of Dementia within other organisations

2. Actions

  • Create a Dementia Friendly Space

    We will work towards our Town Centre Community Facility in being ‘Dementia Friendly’ by –

    Gathering feedback and ideas from current service users living with Dementia on the centre, its layout and services that are provided. We will review and make adaptations to the centre in line with the Dementia Friendly Physical Environments Checklist and The Sterling Standards for Dementia Friendly Design


    2017 - First Quarter Update

    We have been successful in a small pot of funding that will help us recruite 15 volunteers aged 50+ to run a focus group for people living with Dementia and their Carers about activities they would like to see from our Community Hub.   The volunteers will then run a timetable of activities over 12 months that are Dementia Friendly and in response to the feedback from people living with Dementia and their Carers. 

    We have also applied for additional funding for Dementia Friendly Equipment in our Communitry Cafe to help make our centre as Dementia Friendly as possible. 

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Work with the Local Authority and other organisations working towards Tamworth’s Dementia Friendly Community Status

    Support the Tamworth Dementia Action Alliance and work with other local organisations to achieve Dementia Friendly Community Status.

     We will support the Tamworth Dementia Action Alliance by –

    • Being an active member 
    • Encourage engagement with other organisations to sign up to the DAA 
    • Carry out Dementia Friends Information Sessions with Council Officers, Community Groups, and Groups of Individuals and encourage other people to become Champions to deliver the sessions

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    We have attended 2 Tamworth Dementia Action Alliance Meetings over the past Quarter, where as a DAA we have been supporting a programme of activities with other organisations to be delivered over Dementia Week. 

    21st November 2016 we hosted a Dementia Drop In Event to encourage partners to join the DAA at our Centre in Tamworth Castle Grounds and despite the weather, we had a good turn out from a range of orgaisations represented -

    Peel Medical Practice, Sainsburys , Tamworth Samaritans, Paths 4 Parents, Support Staffordshire, Heart of Tamworth Charity, SES&SP CCG, Creative Awakening Graphic Design, Staffordshire County Council, St Giles Hospice, NHS Mental Health Team, Home Instead, Tamworth Football Club, Tamworth Borough Council and Community Together CIC.. 

    We are also hosting a fund raiser Coffee Morning on Friday 19th May and then a Dementia Friends Orienteering Walk on Saturday 20th May around Tamworth Castle Grounds for people living with Dementia and their Carers as part of Dementia Awareness Week. 

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Ensure organisational infrastructure encourages user engagement

    We will ensure user engagement through –

    • Allocate a member of staff to be responsible for ensuring the infrastructure is encouraging engagement and the policies are embedded within the organisation. 
    • Work with the Alzheimer’s Society to create a Dementia Policy for the organisation. 
    • Recruit at least one service user living with dementia on our service user forum.
    • Ensure all volunteers within the organisation receive a Dementia Friends Information Session. 
    • Work collaboratively with other organisations to ensure joint working is Dementia Friendly 
    • Ensure volunteers living with dementia are supported in their volunteering and tasks are dementia friendly by updating all role descriptions and risk assessments on a regular basis. 
    • Work with the Alzheimer’s Society representative in your area to make staff aware of local services for people affected by dementia.
    • Include information about dementia in newsletters, on our website in communal areas, and on noticeboards. 
    • Be careful about the terminology that is used within the organisation. Words such as ‘dementia sufferer’, ‘demented’ or ‘burden’ can be offensive and dis-empowering.

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    We are looking at putting together a Dementia Friendly Police and once this piece of work has been completed we will seek guidance on the policy and feedback. 

    We have started to include Dementia Friendly Information and contacts for support on our quarterly news letter. 

    Other actions are in progress. 

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member