Elders Voice works with and for older people in Brent to ensure they stay safe, secure and independent in their own homes for as long as they can, while offering opportunities for social, leisure and educational opportunities. We offer a variety of services – Floating Support/Handyperson Service helping older people with debt management, housing options, welfare entitlements and social opportunities, and a small jobs and adaptations service in their homes along with a small plumbing service, three Day Centres a week for frail older people and older people with dementia, two Dementia Cafes a week for people with dementia and their families/carers, and an Older Peoples’ Activity and Exercise Classes project including Zumba Gold, Yoga, dance movement therapy, and singing and creative expression.
- 24 September 2018
- Charity, Commissioners Sector, Community organisations, Housing Sector, Local Authorities, Voluntary Sector, Care, Health, Recreation
- Local Alliances:
- Community Action on Dementia Brent 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?
Our organisation delivers a variety of services for older people with dementia and plays a vital role in delivering better outcomes for these people. We run a weekly yoga session entitled Yoga Connects: Battling Dementia which is designed speficially for people with dementia. We havetwo Dementia Cafes a week for people with dementia and their carers whicb are designed as semi structured activities in a supportive and relaxed environment. Our Day centres have, on average, 70% of attendees who have dementia. We support and have close working relationships with other organisations in Brent.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The challenge for Elders Voice is knowing that, as a small charity, we have limited resources. We are aware that there is still a lot of stigma attached to dementia, and we see our role as demystifying this stigma, and being accepting and non-judgemental of everyone who comes to Elders Voice. Our challenge is also to ease the caring responsibilities of people who are living with someone with dementia, through respite at our Dementia Cafes and Day Centres. We are aware that carers have become increasingly stressed and unwell due to their responsibilities, and are often in danger of becoming ill. The challenge for us is to support them wherever we can.
Dementia friendly services
To ensure that all our services are advertised and delivered in a dementia friendly way so that we are all inclusive.
Working in collaboration and partnership with statutory and voluntary organisations to deliver dementia friendly servicesElders Voice would like to extend its reach and raise its profile by working collaboratively and fruitfully with statutory and voluntary organisations. We aim to be an integral part of any strategy groups and forums, sharing knowledge and expertise and shaping future services for people with dementia.
Training Elders Voice staff team so that they have absolute knowledge of what “dementia friendly” means and how all of our services can be delivered effectively. Sharing knowledge with other organisation, and organising shared in-house training days using
Setting out a timetable of in-house training with other organisations, sharing good practice and knowledge, and resources.