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New Horizons at Royds

St Mary’s New Horizons provides care in the community, running services all year round, including our Monday Club. This project targets the frail, isolated, vulnerable and elderly, many of whom have no family or support network at home. Currently we work with people aged between 69 and 98, providing food, companionship and stimulating activities. Once a month we also host a complimentary well-being café, called Haven on the Green, which gives Carers the opportunity to enjoy some respite, food and entertainment, while we help look after those they care for. This service is run by a paid coordinator but is heavily volunteer supported. Our volunteers gain much needed training and experience, also our Volunteers gain important social skills, companionship, sense of purpose, arguably the most empowering aspect of being a Volunteer. Providing care in the community means caring for the entire community, vulnerable and elderly members an our Volunteers.

Updated:
15 August 2017
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Clinical Commissioning Group, Community organisations, Health, Local Authorities, Research Sector, Social Care, Transport Sector, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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 are working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly organisation which means that we are actively engaging with the process and are fully supportive of the seven "I Statements" in all aspects of our work.  An example would relate to Statement 6 (belonging, valued and community life), demonstrated by our involvement with community based assets, those being Dementia Friendly Wyke.

We have a diverse membership which includes people with protected characteristics. Our staff and volunteers have undertaken the Dementia Friendly training, delivered by Dementia Champions and are utilising their skills on an ongoing basis. We are also working towards becoming a Dementia Champions so we cascade the training and our skills using the existing model.

Our activities are designed to be inclusive and enjoyable for all our members. We regularly canvass the opinions of our members to ensure we deliver activities they find stimulating and engaging. These activities to include elements such as reminiscence, musical memories and a film club. Film was especially popular with participants enjoying cinema treats such as popcorn and ice-creams.

The venue is welcoming and accessible for all with clear and identifiable guided signage. An example would be a pictorial sign representing toilet facilities.

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

A constant challenge remains community awareness of the disease, its symptoms and impact on the person and those around them. The support networks and coping strategies adopted varies from person to person and is influenced by social status. An example would be the ability to fund non statutory goods and services such as a cleaner, private respite care and companionship. In some cases, the access to relevant information and support available is difficult to navigate because of ethnicity, comprehension and access to technology or GP services.

We continue to be challenged by funding constraints, especially around the implementation austerity measures implemented by central government, and not necessarily local authorities. However, these challenges bring about more cost effective measures and greater consideration of our resources and the services we provide.

Lastly, a challenge would be supporting long lived people with complex chronic conditions and their Carers.

2. Actions

  • Become a Dementia Friendly Organisation.

    Our application process is underway and we are fully supportive of the Dementia Action Alliance 7 "I Statements".

    Status:
    Initial Scoping
  • Becoming Dementia Friends Champions

    In the future our intentions are to undretake training to become Dementia Champions.  This would enable us to have skills and ability to raise awareness and also deliver traning to a wider audience.

    Status:
  • Updating our skills base associated with reminiscence.

    We have previoulsy undertaken reminiscence training, delivered by Health on the Streets.  In order to maximise our skills we would like to refresh this training and widen our network of colleagues able to host reminiscence sessions.  This would allow us to widen our reach beyond our existing members.

    Status: