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Project 49

Project 49 is an exciting and innovative project providing services for adults with learning disabilities in Southend on Sea. Our focus is on putting people first. We provide a great range of activities promoting healthy living and wellbeing, making informed choices and meaningful community inclusion.

16 July 2018
South East
Local Alliances:
Southend, Castle Point and Rochford District 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?

Raise general awareness of dementia within Project 49, and be involved in raising awareness locally. Also to understand the support services available to people with dementia in the community, to allow for effective signposting.

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

Project 49 is a large busy service, with approx 140 on roll. Therefore it is challenging to tailor sessions, particularly those with large groups, for people with dementia.


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2. Actions

  • Nominate one Dementia Champion within your organisation.

    Project 49 will nominate one champion via the management team, that will have the experience of communicating with people with dementia and the skills and attitudes to explore the best ways to achieve outcomes with people with this diagnosis and developing activities to best meet their needs.

    Initial Scoping

    New member action

  • All volunteers/staff to undertake a Dementia Friend session (a 45 information session on how to communicate effectively with someone that has dementia).

    A staff list to be kept of who has attended Dementia Friend training and all staff to attend a session, and ongoing discussions about implementation in supervisions. All volunteers to be made aware that they will be required to attend a Dementia Friend session.



    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    Discussed with line manager and gained agreement for each member of staff to have dementia friend training.

    Plan to create a table for who has completed.

    Need dates as have a few new staff to request training for.

    New member action

  • For all that have attended to wear their Dementia Friend badge and encourage more to undertake an information session (you get this free of charge after attending a session).

    Ensure staff display the dementia friend badge on their lanyard, and talk about their experiences, encouraging them to share their experiences in staff meetings and with colleagues.

    Initial Scoping

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    Staff that have completed training will be reminded to transfer the dementia friend badge to the new SCL lanyards.

    New member action