Stafford Borough Council

Stafford Borough Council are responsible for services like: • Rubbish collection and recycling • Licensing • Housing • Spatial planning and development management • Environmental health

Updated:
8 November 2018
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Stafford Dementia Action Alliance, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent 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?

The Borough Council has made a commitment in its corporate business plan: “Feeling safe and being able to live independently in your own home and surrounding area are vital to our wellbeing.  As part of our wellbeing agenda we want to work with all our communities to support them to help themselves.”  The District Public Health Development Officer will represent Stafford Borough Council at the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) and ensure that dementia is understood, recognised and considered in the development of all Council services and that where possible these services support the objectives of the alliance.

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

Maintaining a focus on dementia among other health and wellbeing issues which are also of concern to residents of the Borough will be a challenge.  We have an ageing population and a commitment to ensuring that the health of local people is paramount in everything we do.  A greater awareness, understanding and appreciation among our workforce for the kind of actions and decisions that can affect people living with dementia will help with this.

2. Actions

  • All Council Members will have the opportunity to attend a Dementia Friends session

    100% of Council Members will have the opportunity to attend a Dementia Friends awareness session, hosted at the Borough Council offices as part of a programme of Member training offered by the Council.

    We will encourage Councillors to lead the way by attending an information session to learn more about what it's like to live with dementia. We will ask them to turn that understanding into action, to help to create dementia friendly communities in the wards they represent. 

    Status:
    Delivery

    2018 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • All SBC employees will have the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend, with all service managers and members of the leadership team attending an information session

    100% of Leadership Team will have the opportunity to attend a Dementia Friends awareness session, hosted at the Borough Council offices.  Service managers will be strongly encouraged to make attendance at a Dementia Friends awareness session a compulsory training item, documented in PDRs, for all staff and officers.  This includes teams whose work is customer-facing and those involved in designing services and environments that are used by customers who are living with dementia.

    100% of staff will be encouraged to attend a DF awareness session and to invite their friends, family and neighbours to attend public sessions.  Links to relevant online information for accessing public sessions to be made available via the council’s intranet.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2018 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • The Borough Council will work to provide an attractive, safe and healthy place to live work and enjoy. Participation in the DAA will ensure that this includes people living with dementia and their families/carers

    The Council has agreed to take a ‘Health in All Policies’ approach to everything we do and this includes considering the needs and preferences of people living with Dementia.  We will support Council members, Leaders and officers to utilise their understanding of dementia through their work in the delivery of all the varied services at the Borough Council and in their every day contacts with others.  We will seek to make the most of our collaborative work and positive relationships with stakeholders and partners to promote the work of the DAA and to influence others to take a dementia friendly approach in their organisations.

    Status:
    Planning

    2018 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member