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Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex

Age Concern Colchester and North East Essex improves the Health and Wellbeing of those in later years. We offer befriending, an advice service and friendship groups. We target reduction in poverty and combatting social isolation, education, information and support at emotionally distressing times for people in later years.

4 June 2019
East of England
Charity, Community organisations, Local DAA Members, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Tendring 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?

Age Concern Colchester and North East Essex aims to find suitable befriending companions, get financial, rehousing, care, health and mobility outcomes through our advice service and where appopriate an introduction to friendship groups.

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

For befriending we need to find befrienders who are dementia aware or who are willing to undertake training so they know how to support. In terms of the advice service we make reasonable adjustments by pairing or working alongside family members. Some friendship groups are geared up to be able to support dementia at different stages so finding appropriate local groups.

2. Actions

  • Internal Awareness Campaign

    We will develop an internal plan for staff and volunteers to become dementia aware.

  • Dementia-friendly Sessions in The Veranda

    We will create at least one dementia-friendly session a week in The Veranda

  • Dementia Befriending

    We will investigate the feasibility of extending our befriending service to include individuals with dementia