Age UK Oadby and Wigston
Age UK Oadby and Wigston is a self-funding Day Centre established in 1967. We offer, lunches, transport, activities and information and Advice to older people. In addition we offer day care which has naturally moved towards supporting people with dementia and their carers.
- 13 November 2017
- East Midlands
- Care, Charity, Community organisations, Health, Recreation, Social Care, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland 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 already offer Day Care to people with Dementia providing respite for their Carers. I also got lottery funding for a sensory garden and we have worked with schools in educating the young people about older people partcicularly those with Dementia. a local school is producing a book capturing memories.
We are local to the Borough of Oadby and Wigston but want to join up with other services to deliver more effective help for people with Dementia. I would like to work with as many groups as possible to understand and work with this debilitating disease in a postive way.
Most staff have had dementia training.
We would hope to combat isolation and to work with others to go forward.
Our actions are:
Regular entertainment and talks aimed at people with Memory Loss
Ongoing training for staff and volunteers
Networking with other Organisations to improve the lives of those living with dementia
More intergenerational work
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Funding is always a challenge but I did get some money from a Shires Grant to update furniture and surroundings
Also I would like some support from other providers in terms of partnership working.
Meeting of Carers
I would like to set up a meeting of Carers and other support grouops to help identify how best we can make their lives and that of the people they care for easier. In other words react to those needs rather than working on a blank page.
Ongoing Training for staff and volunteers
The staff have already completed some training and one is a Dementia Friend. I am keen for us all to have as much training as possible as we wish to expand this service in the future. Our aim is to be a Dementia Centre of excellence.
To set up a memory Cafe
I aim to set up a memory cafe later this year. I have applied for some funding. The Cafe will be initially on a Friday afternoon and be aimed at Dementia Sufferers and their carers. It will be along a themed line with afternoon tea, entertainment (when possible) and memorabilia to promote social interaction and to encourage friendships.