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Reading Voluntary Action

Reading Voluntary Action promotes strength within Reading’s voluntary and community sector (VCS) by providing information, access to resources, volunteer recruitment and training to people who work in or with charities, community groups and voluntary organisations. We support voluntary sector representation on cross sector partnership initiatives in Reading.

Updated:
20 February 2019
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Charity, Community organisations, Housing Sector, Local Authorities, Membership Organisations, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Reading 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 role is in promoting the work of the Reading DAA to voluntary sector organisations, letting them know how they can sign up tot he DAA and become dementia friendly. We support organisations to deliver their services as effectively as possible and this includes ensuring they are dementia friendly where appropriate. 

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

The organisations we work with may face a great number of challenges, so encouraging them to focus on becoming dementia friendly may not always be a top priority. 

Member website

www.rva.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Promotion of Reading Dementia Action Alliance

    We are able to promote the work of the local alliance to the local voluntary sector and provide information on how to sign up to the alliance and become dementia friendly.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Article in weekly news bulletin and tweeted to followers resulting in a number of new enquiries for Reading DAA. 

    Recruiting two new organisations to the DAA directly (Utulivu and ACRE)

    Linking up dementia activities that are going on in isolation with the DAA activities (the above organisations)

  • Reducing Isolation and Loneliness

    RVA is working with a range of organisations to reduce loneliness and isaolation through a collaborative approach. We are working to ensure the approach is Dementia Friendly.

    Status:
    Investigating

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    Carrying out research into lonelines and isolation - understanding the causes, needs and gaps locally. ensuring that people with dementia are also reached through thre research so that their needs and wishes are included and addressed. 

  • Staff becoming dementia friends

    We have one dementia Champion in the organisation who will run dementia friends training for our staff, volunteers and other organisations we share the 'Elevate Hub' with. 

    Status:
    Planning

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    Staff member has agreed to carry out training.