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Helena Partnerships

Helena Partnerships is a well-respected housing association based in the North. Created in 2002 to take over the housing stock of St Helens Council in Merseyside, the company has rejuvenated homes and communities.

Updated:
8 February 2017
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Housing Sector
Local Alliances:
St Helens 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? 

Helena Partnerships provides homes, neighbourhoods and communities that people want to live in at a price they can afford.

We're here to work at the heart of our communities, making a real difference to the lives of the people we serve. We listen to our customers and work in partnership with them - to create a more successful future, for them and our business.

Helena Extra is here to provide extra help to those who need it. We offer a range of services that help people stay in their home with the support they need to be safe and independent. 

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

  •  Resources?
  • Many different tenants with conflicting needs?
  • Geographically dispersed?
  • Tenants without a formal diagnosis?
  • Stigma/lack of awareness from general public and therefore from a lot of tenants?
  • Awareness of other services and partner organizations to signpost people to.

2. Actions

  • Create Dementia Champions

     We have Dementia Champions delivering dementia friends sessions to all staff and older people living in sheltered accommodation and the wider community.  The aim is to reduce stigma and raise awareness about dementia and how people can live well with dementia.  We are committed to recruit Dementia Friends to contribute to the government target of 1 million Dementia Friends by 2015.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Developing a company policy and strategy for dementia

     Discussion is taking place on how Helena can be committed to the dementia challenge.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping
  • Raise dementia awareness amongst local businesses

    Target business such as Fingerpost shops to raise their awareness when dealing with older people living at Parr Mount Court and from the wider community.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Annual Dementia Awareness Event

    A successful dementia awareness event was delivered in St Helens at the Langtree Park Rugby stadium on 23rd Feb 2015. 

    Status:
    Completed
  • Front line staff to attain the Understanding Dementia Level 2 qualification

    Staff members who work in the Helena Extra division, and who are on the front line working with those with dementia, have undertaken Dementia level 2 training. 

    The aims of the training were to increase understanding and knowledge about dementia and how it affects clients.  This will now enable staff to carry out their roles more effectively.  24 Helena staff have passed the qualification, and are now putting their new found knowledge into practice.

    Status:
    Completed

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    24 members of staff attain their level 2 qualification

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    30 members of staff have attended the training we are awaiting the results

  • Memory Walk for St Helens

    Helena Partnerships and the Health Improvement Team organised a memory walk for those diagnosed with dementia and their families/carers on Wednesday 16th September in Taylor Park, St Helens.  The aim of the event was to raise awareness of dementia in the St Helens area and to raise funds for local dementia charities.

    Status:
    Completed

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    The event was a huge success with support of the following partners: GMP, Healthy living Team, Alzheimer's Society, Looking Forward Dementia Support group, Saints past players.