Leeds Jewish Welfare Board
The Living Project has adopted a needs-led approach, promoted a spirit of self-help and empowered people to face dementia with courage and hope. We provided a range of activities to enrich beneficiaries’ quality of life in a stimulating, supportive and friendly environment. We made links with statutory and voluntary agencies to offer an integrated package of care for all, carers and patients alike. We empowered carers to learn how to enrich their communication with their loved ones and helped them develop coping strategies. Living Project participants reported numerous benefits such as increased confidence, improved mood and a reduction in feelings of burden.
- 31 July 2019
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Leeds 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?
We have provided support, information and guidance to people with dementia and their carers helping beneficiaries to maintain their independence, improving their sense of well-being, and putting them in more control of their lives. We assisted people with dementia and their carers to identify their needs and to access services including specialist dementia support, mental health, disabilities, and benefits/income advice, including Primary and Secondary care, Social Care and Health, and Welfare Benefit agencies, with the aim of empowering individuals to make informed choices. Our volunteer-led listening line has been a vital support to beneficiaries in reducing social isolation alone delivering over 1,000 hours of contact, preventing beneficiaries from progressing into crisis or more challenging situations through this early intervention.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Continue working with the local community, businesses and emergency services to facilitate Dementia Friends sessions.
Reduce social issolation for those living with dementia and thier loved ones
Facilitate bespoke weekly sessions for those living with dementia alongside ensuring all activities are accessible. Offer carers groups to those who support a loved one live with dementia
Grief Recovery - Counselling
Grief recovery is a 7 weeks programme to support people understand loss. This could be implemented if a loved one with dementia is taken into a care home, the " loss" of a loved one as they were previously known, loss of a caring role etc.
We do offer a bespoke counselling service which supports loved ones and those living with dementia to understand the impact dementia has on their lives etc. Funding to sustain this service is currently being sourced.
- Being implemented
2019 - Third Quarter Update
Expression of Interest to be submitted to The Lottery for continuation of fundinding - awaiting outcome