North West Printer Solutions
North West Printer Solutions has been established for a number of years, we specialise in helping clients in the region get the best value possible from their printer, consumables and office supplies. Whether that's supplying them with quality UK made cartridges or finding the right printer or solution for their needs, we're sure to have a option that can be of benefit to most organisations. We work on an individual basis with customers of all sizes, from individual home users to larger public and private sector organisations whom we have helped to save thousands over the years. We're extremely proud of our loyal customer base and would love to help other UK businesses save.
- 16 November 2017
- North West
- Businesses and shops, Charity, Children Young People and Students, Community organisations, Education Sector, Emergency Services Sector, Finance, Housing Sector, Letting, Local Authorities, Retail, Schools
- Local Alliances:
- Wigan 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?
Our organisation has been supporting UK charity 'The Lewy Body Society' for some time. We work with the charity to raise funds and awareness of 'Dementia with Lewy Bodies', recent activity includes putting the charities logo on our cartridge boxes and donating a small amount per sale, our staff regularly partake in local 10K runs and climbing mountains to fundraise. Working with the charity has also highlighted an increased awareness of dementia as a whole, our employees recently completed the dementia friends course and regularly attend local dementia cafes to understand dementia from a wide range of perspectives. Meeting with other organisations such as the Carers Trust and Tide has helped us understand the difficulty from the family and carers point of view and how life can be just as much a struggle for them as the person suffering with dementia. Currently we're working on a plan to offer dementia charities/organisations cash back for any cartridge purchases made, the idea to pay back the amount in a lump sum annually to support their specific cause.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
None of our staff have ever personally lived with or experienced dementia, so our knowledge may be slightly limited. We can listen to other peoples accounts and experiences and read the literature we receive at events/online to find out more. Hopefully the more we contribute to helping fight the disease, the more comfortable we'll become in helping support people surrounded by dementia.
Person-centred activities in a care home
Our director Danielle has teamed up with 'Community Circles' to find out more about what it's like to live with dementia. Community Circles is designed to help create a circle of support for individuals needing care. The charity matched Danielle up with a lady called Margaret who is living with dementia. Danielle spends a couple of hours per month with Margaret and her family to help make Margaret's time in the care home a little more fulfilling.
As a Community Circles facilitator, Danielle has the following plans to help Margaret and her family:
Regular screenings of rugby matches in the care home so that Margaret can keep up to date with her favourite sport. Arranging transport to Church on Sundays to take the pressure off Margaret's family. Setting up a regular dementia cafe in the care home; Margaret loves to socialise and enjoys afternoon tea.
We have signed up to run the Manchester 10K and intend to participate in the Wigan 5k & 10k, both held later in the year. We're also challenging ourselves to our first 'Munro' climb in Scotland in May. In all of these we will seek sponsorship for certain dementia charities.
In terms of how our business can help directly, we've added links to the Lewy Body Society's web page on our email signatures to promote fundraising amongst our contacts.
Cash back for dementia support
Currently we're working on a plan to offer dementia charities/organisations cash back for any cartridge purchases made, the idea to pay back the amount in a lump sum annually to support their specific cause.
After completing the Manchester 10K and our first Munro climb, we now look forward to signing up for the Wigan 10K to further support the Lewy Body Society. We can also add the DAA logo to our running tops and try to increase the number of runners participating for the charity.
- Being implemented