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Worcester City Council

Worcester City Council provides essential services for over 95,000 residents. Working with the local community we aim to create a prosperous city and to improve the quality of life for everyone. Providing accessible, efficient and best value services are at the heart of everything we do. We are constantly striving to meet the demands and expectations of our citizens and customers.

6 February 2017
West Midlands
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Worcester 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?

There are approximately 8636 people with a diagnosis living with dementia in Worcestershire and 1131 in Worcester City and this figure is expected to increase to just over 14475 and 1725 respectively by 2030. The diagnosis rates for dementia are very low and only about 48% of people who have dementia get a diagnosis. It has been recognised that the development of a Dementia Friendly society will be best achieved by working with the local community. This work is being specifically coordinated by the Alzheimer’s Society and working with other voluntary sector agencies who support people suffering with memory loss and dementia.

Utilising our own facilities and expertise we will work with local partners, services and citizens to improve services for those with dementia. We help influence local organisations and businesses to ensure they follow dementia friendly practices. Alongside this, through forums and partnerships we will improve the understanding the impact dementia can have on individuals, carers and the wider community. 

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

Local Government throughout the country is going through unprecedented changes, that requires local authorities to respond to the needs and expectations of local citizens as resources are reduced year on year. This has resulted in Local Authorities becoming more streamlined and efficient. As a result, there is not the funding available that may have been there in previous years that would support the implementation of these targets and outcomes. As a result the Council will have to meet the outcomes it has committed to within current resources.

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2. Actions

  • Worcester City Council will hold an annual event promoting Dementia Awareness

    Worcester City Council is determined to increase education and awareness of dementia without the staff teams through the Council. Every year we will host an expert led Dementia Awareness Day within the Council. This will be timed to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week across the country. This day will give our staff a valuable insight into Dementia and the way it can impact of those who have it and their loved ones as well as providing guidance and advice about how they can become more dementia friendly in their work and home lives. 


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  • Dementia Friendly Dwelling Grant

    Worcester City Council have, with other partners, led the development of a new grant for people living with dementia to enable them to stay at home longer and to improve their wellbeing. The Dementia Dwelling Grants (DDG) will be piloted for a year from 1st April 2017. They will be non means tested and available to anyone living in Worcestershire who has a diagnosis of early stage dementia and are still living in their own home. The DDG will provide aids and home adaptations that are thought to benefit people living with dementia. The aim is for 100 grants to be provided during 2017-2018. The Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester, have been asked to provide an independent evaluation of the pilot programme.


    2017 - First Quarter Update

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  • Exploring the lives of people with dementia

    Worcester Life Stories – developing a funding proposal to put forward to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a two-year project. The project is currently being scoped out in conjunction with colleagues at Worcestershire Health and Care Trust, Older Adult Service, who are co-authoring a number of research objectives, seeking to better understand the impact of reminiscence therapy on older adult service users and their carers.


    2017 - First Quarter Update

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