MERTON SENIORS FORUM
Objective---to relieve the need of older people in the London Borough of Merton,in particular,but not exclusively 1)through liaising with service providers to assist in the development of policies 2) the advancement of education and 3) the promotion of any charitable purpose. Develop projects that might enhance the lives of older people eg Dignity in Care. Support initiatives of LBM and other organizations that aim to improve the quality of life for older people in the London Borough of Merton.
- 22 August 2017
- Charity, Community organisations, Membership Organisations, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Merton 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 membership is open to all,holding monthly meetings producing, monthly newsletters and running projects that wiil hopefully enhance the lives of older people generally. We also hold social events during the year to which other older peoples' groups are invited as well as people attending the Dementia Hub. Our membership is anxious to be involved in projects that improve the quality of older people particularly but not exclusively. Our main on going project is Dignity in Care Visiting.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Financial restraints. Our membership fee is very low so that no-one should be excluded. Funding is difficult to come by. Postage and printing costs often prevent the amount of contact and information we would like our membership to receive. Attendance at meetings is not as good as it should be, reasons-ageing,transport, accessible and affordable venues. Knowledge and attitudes towards dementia is varied, not helped we feel by TV advertisments. Our membership is keen to get some more knowledge and understanding.
Member websitewww. merton seniors forum
What can we do to help?
At our meeting on September 22nd we have arranged for a presentation by the Alzeimers Society.
At the same meeting we will run a Dementia Friends training session
Have a volunteer from the Dementia Hub to talk about volunteering
Short presentation by a carer
Keeping members and others informed
We plan to have a regular piece in our monthly newsletter about dementia.
A short report at all end of month meetings
Open session at all meetings to find out what our members have done since becoming Dementia Friends
A Watchful Eye
Members will report to back on what they observe as they shop,attend hospital,doctors surgeries, entertainment venues,libraries,use trains, buses and trams as to how dementia sufferers fare. This will then be collated and reported to firstly Merton Seniors Forum committee/membership then to the Dementia Hub