Hargreaves Dementia Trust
The Hargreaves Dementia Trust aims to support people with dementia and their families in St. Helens by :- • Providing information, advice and guidance • Promoting the health, well-being and independence of people with dementia • Promoting awareness and training for those working in the direct care of people with dementia and their families • Working alongside organisations and communities to enhance the quality of life of those living with dementia in St. Helens, Monthly Carers Support group. We have recently added a monthly Carers Support Group.
- 24 October 2016
- North West
- Voluntary 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?
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?
We are an independent local Specialist Dementia Charity. Members of the Hargreaves Dementia Trust have personal and professional experience in caring for a person with dementia and supporting their Carers. We aim to work in collaboration with other Organisations i.e. Alzheimers Society, Age UK, the Carers Centre, etc. to enhance the quality of life and experience of those living with dementia in St. Helens.
The ‘Making Sense’ Carers Support Group, which is part of the Charity, meets once a month. We also offer a twice monthly “ drop in” session at a local venue, where people living with dementia and their carers and relatives can obtain information and advice and receive support from Trustees who are on hand and available, committed to operating these scheduled sessions. Peer group engagement enables an exchange of information and ideas and offers support and assistance for all attendees.
Our Charity organises a variety of Social Events throughout the year, both during the day and evening. Feedback is a key element and we actively encourage and welcome any feedback from our users including Carers, relatives and people living with dementia. Feedback, both formal and informal helps our Charity to inform its organic development plan, ensuring that we continues to operate, focusing on demand led appropriate services and increasing our offer of events, to plug existing gaps in service provision, helping to meet unmet needs for all beneficiaries.
Currently the Trustees are looking to identify other ways of supporting Carers, through liaising with other local organisations, working in a collaborative manner with all user groups and operating pilot initiatives in partnership with other like-minded charities.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The Charity was launched September 2012 and is now firmly established and recognised widely throughout St. Helens and beyond. We continue to network widely.
Raising our profile, raising awareness and delivering training are the key strands of our work in supporting the dementia agenda. This is a pre-requisite of our work.
We are working in partnership with a number of local organisations. Our express aim and key objective, is to complement, not duplicate services in the dementia field.
The anecdotal evidence would suggest there are plenty of challenges ahead to increase service provision and raise awareness and profile of the dementia agenda.
Our charity work features in a number of recently published documents from strategic public sector organisations relating to well-being and living well with dementia. We will continue to harness support from across all sectors of the local communities we are striving to serve.
Improve the skills of the Dementia Care Workforce
To work in collaboration with Organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors, and to deliver training to staff working in every aspect of the Care sector.
Status update October 2016 - Training has already been delivered to small groups of staff. The training is being honed from feedback and evaluation and developed for a range of target audiences.
Update - First Quarter
Training has already been delivered to small groups of staff. The training is being honed from feedback and evaluation and developed for a range of target audiences.
Develop Dementia Awareness Open Sessions
Develop twice monthly, half-day Open Sessions at a local venue in partnership with Age UK as a hosting facility. These sessions will offer support, information, advice, signposting and short dementia awareness training sessions
Continue to deliver Making Sense Carers Support Group
The Group meet once a month and Carers are encouraged to bring the person they care for along. Continue to invite Guest Speakers to deliver talks on specialist subjects, relevant to provide benefit for the the user group, in order to enhance the session and increase footfall.
Status update October 2016 - 2016 has seen the Trust finance 2 trips to the local Theatre to see Musicals which are especially enjoyable by the person living with dementia. A wonderful day out to Llangollen with an excursion on the Steam train and High tea at a lovely Hotel before being taken back to St. Helens in a luxury coach. A Garden party at the home of one of the Trustees was thoroughly enjoyed. We have an annual Christmas Social evening with entertainment and buffet, which is always well attended.
Participate in creating a dementia friendly town in St. Helens.
Commitment to work closely with other Organisations to put dementia awareness training in place for Shops, Churches, Schools, etc. by becoming Dementia Champions.