Signpost works in deprived communities using empowerment as a mechanism for change. This is most effective at helping people to achieve sustainable outcomes (usually jobs). We put physical and interpersonal resources at the disposal of our clients, such as up to date computers, printing facilities, and a warm, well equipped resource centre to work in. The interpersonal resources consist of a warm welcome and being treated with respect - this is critical in developing self-esteem which is part of empowering people so they can effectively master their own problems. Many of our beneficiaries become volunteers - helping others makes them stronger. Employment forms the focus of our conversations, but after spending an hour helping someone develop a CV we usually learn about a broad range of other barriers and we have the networks to ensure that everyone gets a positive outcome at Signpost.
- 15 July 2019
- East of England
- Local Alliances:
- Colchester 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?
Signpost are an employability charity, and feel strongly that a diagnosis of dementia should not mean that someone has to immediately cease employment.
We would like to support people living with dementia and their carers to continue working as long as they feel they are able to. We would also make sure this group of clients has their skills and abilities reflected accurately on their CV.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We would need to provide training for our volunteers and staff to ensure they understand the needs of this group of clients.
Raise awareness of dementia amongst the staff so that they feel confident in supporting people living with dementia.
We will be a pro-active member of the Colchester Dementia Action Alliance, attending meetings where possible and offering space for the alliance to meet.
Promoting via Social Media
We will promote any news and training opportunities that would be useful for DAA members both in Colchester and the surrounding areas.