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South Cambridgeshire District Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council is the local authority for the South Cambridgeshire district of England. South Cambridgeshire is a rural district covering approximately 350 square miles and completely surrounding the city of Cambridge.

6 September 2018
East of England
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
South Cambridgeshire 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?

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Corporate Plan objectives for 2017-2022 are:





In delivering these objectives, many of the residents that our staff come into contact with will have dementia or will be caring for someone with dementia. This contact will take place across a range of teams and will take different forms, from more intensive support via our Housing Support Service to brief interactions with residents paying bills.

In order to deliver better outcomes for our residents, our staff, particularly those on the frontline engaging with residents, need to be aware the symptoms of dementia, of the potential needs of people with dementia and how we can ensure that people with dementia and their carers can not only be supported to access all of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s services but also to live well in our local communities.

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

Ensuring that staff and Councillors across all of our departments and sites are appropriately trained in dementia care at the same time as minimising disruption to frontline service delivery.

Engaging staff, Councillors, businesses and other partners who have no existing personal or professional experience of dementia.

Increasing public awareness of dementia and of the sources of support and information.

Growing, maintaining and engaging the South Cambridgeshire Dementia Action Alliance.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Organise Dementia Friends information sessions for frontline staff at South Cambridgeshire District Council

    Encourage all frontline staff to become Dementia Friends and offer Dementia Friends information sessions to staff and Councillors who wish to undertake it.

    Being implemented
  • Coordinate the meetings of the South Cambridgeshire Dementia Action Alliance

    Organise quarterly meeting times, dates, venues, agendas and papers for the South Cambridgeshire Dementia Action Alliance.

    Being implemented
  • Train two members of South Cambridgeshire Staff as Dementia Friends Champions

    Request volunteers amongst SCDC’s staff to train to be Dementia Friends Champions by the end of September 2017.

    Being implemented
  • Promote the importance of dementia friendly services through key partnership and business networks

    Identify key partnerships and business groups and offer Dementia Friends information sessions from the council’s Dementia Friends Champions.

  • Raise awareness of dementia and the support available for people with dementia and their carers

    Identify local services available for people with dementia and promote them via the council’s website and publications.

    Being implemented