Presentation on theme: "Developing Local Solutions for Local needs Dementia café Market Harborough June 2013."— Presentation transcript:
Developing Local Solutions for Local needs Dementia café Market Harborough June 2013
Some information about Dementia NHS own figures suggest 60 % of Dementia is underdiagnosed by GPs In 2009 5% of County Population 600,000+ diagnosed with dementia – nearly 9% if under diagnosis is taken into account Harborough has highest proportion of 65+ age group in County CMHT estimates that by 2025 10-15% of population will suffer from some form of dementia
How did we get into this? Father diagnosed with Alzheimers disease three years ago 88 years old with an 82 year old partner who is caring for Dad Living independently in Kibworth (partner in Leicester) Carer burn-out evident Social isolation increasing by the week
What do those with dementia and their carers need? A place where: – carer and cared for could both attend – people could begin to address their crushing isolation and socialise – share experiences – Listen to expert professionals and meet support agency workers – By coming together support each other emotionally
What else did we find No one organisation was supporting both carer and cared for – most were carer orientated What carers need in the early stages is somewhere where they can go with cared for to have a bit of fun, social interaction, and information. Somewhere where they can meet others in the same boat. A Dementia café!
How did we Kick-Off Volunteers funded 3 month trial in Settling Rooms Coffee Bar – based on 2 hour café per month Massive press and publicity campaign Worked closely with Community Mental Health Team and Age UK to develop local model of cafe What happened: By month 3 over 25 couples/family members were attending In March 2011 Steering Group formed In April 2011 Group registered as a small charity
Where are we now 140 members 35-40 regularly attending Relocated to bigger hall, with better facilities Developed a Members Resources Bank of books, information and materials. Working with Rotary Club Harborough to deliver memory workshops at future café meetings.
Where are we now (cont) Introduced Singing for the Memory Groups in Sept 2011 as a subsidiary activity of the café. 35-50 attending Expanding café concept in Partnership with The Well in Kibworth Developed Dementia café Website Working with Schools on dementia awareness for 14-16 year olds
Can the Voluntary sector make a difference? When we started there was nothing in Harborough District for those with early stage dementia and their carers/families Now there is something happening every week, every month throughout the year