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BUDS (Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell)

BUDS (Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell) aims to improve the quality of life of people experiencing dementia and their family carers in Sandwell.

15 January 2016
West Midlands
Voluntary Sector, Membership Organisations, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Sandwell Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?

BUDS’ aim is to continue to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia. BUDS works to address the issues of people with a diagnosis of dementia, and their family carers.

BUDS service help to meet Outcome 2 by providing Clubs. These are held on a weekly basis, and provide  opportunites to socialise, have lunch and to take part in a variety of activities designed to meet needs. Clubs are run by club coordinators and trained volunteers.  All clients are treated with dignity and respect at all times.  Family carers can also attend, or they can use this time for a weekly respite break.

BUDS Carer Support helps to meet some of Outcome 3 /4 Support is either via one to one meetings, telephone or e-mail, or via group support. Issues include emotional support, information about dementia and coping strategies, helping to access other external organisations, and informal advocacy.

Befriending services helps to meet some of Outcome 6 by offering weekly visits to people in their own homes, to offer companionship and to offer family carers weekly breaks. Help people remain in their own homes for longer, and gives carers a break.

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

The following are some of the challenges found in delivering our service:

Finding the right kind of volunteers, people with appropriate skills and commitment. Looking at ways of keeping clients socially engaged. Ways to support people appropriately through the changing stages of dementia. How to work with families in a sensitive manner to provide them with the correct level of understanding. Correct type of transport and escort support on the transport to enable clients to live a more independent life.

2. Actions

  • Continue to provide weekly clubs to help clients remain socially engaged

    We currently deliver 19 clubs across the Borough of Sandwell which provides escorting, transport to clubs, 2 course meal and meaningful activities.

  • Increase weekly befriending visits to help meet the need

    We are currently delivering 34 befriending visits per week but due to high demand for this service we have a waiting list of people wanting to use the service. Our aim to provide 50+ visits per week.

  • Make sure all staff and volunteers have a minimum standard of training

    Of at least Certificate level 2 in the Principles of Dementia Care. all volunteers to undertake Induction training and SOVA training in line with the care Act 2015

  • Work within the local community to recruit more volunteers (rolling programme of events)

  • Advocate on behalf of carers to ensure that their rights are upheld

    New team member providing outreach support

  • Make sure that there are no barriers to accessing our service

    We have now purchased a dementia friendly minibus and are fundraising to purchase a second. We are working closely with BME communities to ensure our services are accessible.

    Being implemented
  • Roll out second stage of Dementia Awarnesss Training to help professionals

    New team member implement training programme. This will be implemented alongside our DAA once our action plan is complete

  • Work within the local community to promote dementia awareness, by holding events, and involving key organisations

    Currently we have created over 300 Dementia Friends and have at least 7 more sessions booked for March 2015. All Sandwell Library staff have had the training and we currently have 2 Dementia Champions to deliver the information sessions

  • Ensure that BUDS services all follow the person centered model

  • Work on a one to one basis with families, to increase their knowledge and skills in supporting loved ones with dementia

    New outreach initiative.