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Shropshire Cat Rescue

Our mission is: to provide shelter, veterinary aid and understanding to stray, abandoned and unwanted cats to find permanent caring homes for most but offering long term care to elderly and unhomeable cats to educate the public by way of workshops, information, work experience and visits to our wonderful space to promote the way that animals and nature can improve our lives Our vision is: to create a community where animals and people work together through education, arts, tourism and leisure, health and wellbeing and volunteering; improving the quality of life for both people and animals and highlighting the benefits that working together brings

Updated:
15 May 2018
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Voluntary
Local Alliances:
Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin 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?

Owning and looking after a pet is part of day to day family life.  We welcome people with dementia and their families to visit our shelter at a time suitable to them. Freely visiting ensures people do not live in isolation or loneliness, and they feel included in our community. We welcome everyone to our shelter whether volunteering, adopting, visiting or educating, including  our Saturday Open Days, Contact Teas for the Elderly, Care Home Visits, Community events both on and off site and more.

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

1) Ensure volunteers have an understanding of dementia and seek a Champion to provide an information session.

2) Visiting times are currently set.  Negotiate a time when visiting to adopt is more suitable and ensure a volunteer is available.

3) Ensure on our Open Days enough Dementia Friend Volunteers are hosting.

4) Ensure use of appropriate language using the DEEP guide which can be kept on the break room table. The challenge will be everyone finding time to look at it and valuing the benefits.  Plan a session at an open meeting held bi-monthly.

5) Make use of the Environment Checklist and plan for any improvements we can reasonably make.

2. Actions

  • Ensure volunteers have knowledge about dementia

    Source a Dementia Friends Champion to deliver Dementia Friends sessions to all our volunteers 

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Ensure our environment is dementia friendly

    Make use of the Dementia Friendly checklist to improve our environment Immediately and plan for how we might further improve it in the future when funds are available. Ie. Our current crazy paving at the rehoming pens area is not suitable based on the checklist but will cost a great deal to improve that area, so is a future task we commit to achieving.

    Status:
    Planning

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Use positive language

    Use the DEEP language guide to help volunteers think about good ways to communicate with people with dementia so they feel comfortable. This can be done as an agenda item in an open meeting and subsequently left on the break room table for volunteers to review. Challenge volunteers and visitors who use inappropriate language at any of our events.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    New member