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Adur District & Worthing Borough Councils

Adur District & Worthing Borough Councils are two separate local authorities supported by one staff structure on the South Coast of England

25 May 2017
South East
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Worthing Dementia Action Alliance, Adur 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?

The Councils provide homes and support services to thousands of people and connect with everyone in our communities in some way. The range of services the Councils deliver means that we play a key role in people’s lives and have the opportunity to lead the way for other organisations delivering services for our communities.

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

Coordinating the action plan across a large organisation; need to ensure all senior managers are aware and are actively encouraging staff to go on training etc

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends Sessions

    The Councils will work towards providing a series of Dementia Friends training for all Members and staff and as a priority for front line staff, to ensure they are aware of the issues people with dementia face and how best to support them. Refresher sessions for new Members and staff to be considered on an annual basis

    Being implemented
  • Signage in Council premises

    The Councils will work towards making our buildings which are accessible to the public dementia friendly. We will do this by replacing old or broken signs with dementia friendly ones and when decorating, to incorporate dementia friendly décor at key transition points

    Being implemented
  • Supporting staff who are carers

    The Councils will work towards understanding the need for and potentially establishing a peer support group for staff of the Councils who are carers for someone living with dementia. This will be a self-supporting group

    Being implemented
  • Dementia Champions

    The Councils will work towards training up to ten members of staff across the organisation as Dementia Champions. Areas with public facing services will be prioritised. Dementia Champions are able to deliver Dementia Friends training and act as ambassadors for a dementia friendly workplace

    Being implemented