Guildford Borough Council
Borough councillors and officers provide a range of public services including but not exclusively parks and leisure, older residents' services including day centres and sheltered housing, community transport, meals on wheels and community alarms, streetscene, refuse collection, planning, aspects of business and tourism and bereavement services. The Borough owns significant heritage assets such as Guildford Castle, as well museums, art collections and civic regalia. We cover the areas of Ash and South Tongham, Ash Vale, Ash Wharf, Burpham, Christchurch, Clandon and Horsley, Effingham, Friary and St Nicolas, Holy Trinity, Lovelace, Merrow, Normandy, Onslow, Pirbright, Send, Shalford, Stoke, Stoughton, The Pilgrims, Tillingbourne, Westborough, Worplesdon.
- 5 September 2017
- Local Alliances:
- Ash Parish (Guildford Borough) Dementia Action Alliance, Guildford Town Dementia Action Alliance, Stoke LDAA (Bellfields & Slyfield, Guildford), Stoughton LDAA (Guildford), Surrey Dementia Action Alliance, Westborough LDAA (Park Barn & Westborough, Guildford)
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?
Guildford has the second largest population of Surrey's eleven boroughs; we estimate this to encompass 1779 people with a diagnosis of dementia and many more indirectly affected by this condition. As a borough council, we have a policy-forming role, as well as having responsibility to execute plans across many spheres of community life - from public health to housing, social care and more. We want to ensure that we are delivering the highest standards of services to all people including those affected by dementia and we also want to use our position of influence to affect positive attitude change in other organisations and businesses in Guildford.
We will, in our role as steering group members, be proactive in soliciting advice and direction from people living with dementia through existing specialist groups and by inviting individuals to join the steering group as members in their own right.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
- Like all councils we have finite resources and committed to deploying these resources where need is demonstrated, coupled with evidence-based outcomes.
- Some sections of society are harder to reach than others and we strive to work on improving the accessibility of our services to all members of our community especially those who are vulnerable.
- The wards which we cover often have distinct characteristics and we attempt to tailor solutions to particular needs where appropriate.