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Clapham & Collinge Solicitors

Clapham & Collinge is a local, leading firm of expert solicitors based in Norfolk. With offices in Norwich, North Walsham, Brooke and Sheringham, we provide a full range of legal services for businesses and individuals. Specialising in a wide range of private law services including property, conveyancing, family law including divorce and separation, wills, trusts and probate, we're committed to delivering excellent client care; ensuring your legal matters are treated with the attention and efficiency we're renowned for whilst keeping you informed every step of the way. For our business clients, we offer services including debt recovery, litigation and disputes, employment law, commercial property and bespoke law advice packages to support the needs of your business. We strive for excellence in our profession and take an innovative approach to resolving any legal issue, finding a solution that meets your unique needs and goals.

17 March 2017
East of England
Local Alliances:
Norwich City 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?

Clapham & Collinge Solicitors regularly hold dementia awareness sessions in conjunction with 'Dementia Friends'  to help spread the word about dementia and to help create dementia friendly communities across Norfolk. Over the last two years, we have helped create over 100 'dementia friends'. Our lawyers are keen to do what they can, having seen first-hand the affect this condition can have on the families who care for those diagnosed with dementia. All of our front-line staff have attended a dementia awareness session and we consider ourselves a 'dementia friendly' business.

We are also keen to raise awareness of the legal consequences of dementia and the importance of having a Will and Lasting Power of Attorney in place. Having a Will allows you to decide what happens to your property and possessions and choose who they go to. A Lasting Power of Attorney gives you the reassurance of knowing your wishes will be respected if you become unable to make decisions for yourself and it enables people you choose to have access to your finances to make payments on your behalf. In December 2016 we held a seminar on the legal consequences of dementia and dementia training workshop with Age UK Norfolk in Sheringham. This was very well attended and we are planning to run another later on this year.

We provide dementia awareness information on our website, send dementia awareness information to our clients and get involved in dementia groups, cafes, carers support, fundraising and community events.

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

From the perspective of Clapham & Collinge Solicitors, raising awareness is one of the biggest challenges and we contiually work hard to overcome this. We promote our dementia awareness sessions, seminars, work with dementia groups, cafes and community events in local press, across all social media platforms and on our website.

Other challenges include increasing expenditure on health and social care, projected reductions in local authority budgets and increasing demand on family carers and self funders. The health and social care sector is the largest sector in Norfolk and plays an essential role in tackling poverty, driving employment and productivity. Therefore raising awareness and encouraging 'joined up thinking' is key to overcoming the challenges our county faces.

2. Actions

  • Train front line staff in Dementia Awareness

    Ensure all Will, Trusts and Probate Solicitors and reception staff are trained in Dementia Awareness

    Being implemented
  • Join the Norwich City DAA

    Join the Norwich City Dementia Action Alliance

  • Get staff involved in local dementia groups

    Encourage staff to get involved with local dementia groups, carers groups and dementia cafes

    Being implemented
  • Support local fundraising and community events for dementia care

    Get involved/sponsor/support local fundraising event and community initiatives for dementia care and awareness