Participating Project

Project information

Gateshead Dementia Cafe

This project will see the creation of a Dementia Café as an expansion of Citizens Advice Gatesheads existing Dementia Advice support service. It would provide a place for those dealing with dementia or caring for someone with dementia where they can: take a break from the pressure of daily life.

Ongoing

Charity information: Citizens Advice Gateshead

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  • Need

    Need

    We see this project as a natural extension enabling us to help even more people by providing a more consolidated service - being able to encourage participation in activities here in the Davidson Building without having to refer clients to other organisations - ultimately creating a more cohesive social care service for the growing number of people dealing with Dementia in Gateshead.

    Solution

    A dementia café at Citizens Advice Gateshead would help provide rest and social interaction to those suffering from dementia sufferers, helping to reduce isolation and promote the health-wellbeing of the elderly. In turn, this new service would help add to the services already provided by us and other Dementia services in Gateshead ultimately reliving some of the strain of our health and social care services.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a Dementia Cafe for the people of Gateshead

    Activities

    » Provide a drop in Dementia Cafe

    Successful set up of a regular drop in cafe with additional advice provision


  • Impact

    Impact

    our project will help people have better chances in life; having dementia or helping someone suffering with dementia can be incredibly depressing and isolating. Our Dementia café will offer a way to cope with the illness by providing a break from the struggle of their day to day life this can have a dramatic impact in the community. We predict this café will as much of a success as our current dementia service which helps on average 50 people each month.

    Risk

    Lack of participants - we are confident through our existing Dementia Advice service that we will be able to secure a share of the cafe market. We will utilise our existing links to promote and market the cafe.

    Lack of Resource - we will not advertise the cafe and its activities until we have all of the necessary resources in place. This includes our volunteers and employees.

    Inability to effectively record programme outcomes - we use a bespoke CRM which records, tracks and evaluates.

    Reporting

    We will use photographs, feedback from participants. case studies and written reports to feedback from participants to provide regular reports to donors. We will publicise this using our website and social media channels.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Dementia Volunteer Training Training our volunteers to be Dementia Friendly
      £5,000 Activities and Materials Resources for participatory activities
      £3,600 Marketing and Promotion Design and printing costs for marketing and promotional materials
      £1,400 Volunteer Expenses To ensure our volunteers are not out of pocket
      £15,000 Specialist Dementia Advisor Specialist Dementia Adviser at every cafe session
      £3,000 Management and Governance To ensure the project, its staff and volunteers is properly managed
  • Background

    Location

    Dementia is one of the biggest challenges facing health and social care throughout the UK and the need for Dementia related social care provided by charities is increasingly essential. In Gateshead, 2392 people are reported to be suffering from Dementia and this number is predicted to increase 36% by 2025 and with NHS and local government cuts in health and social care those affected by Dementia are turning towards social care to cope with their illness.

    Beneficiaries

    The dementia café at Citizens Advice Gateshead would help provide rest and social interaction to those suffering from dementia sufferers, helping to reduce isolation and promote the health-wellbeing of the elderly. In turn, this new service would help add to the services already provided by us and other Dementia services in Gateshead ultimately reliving some of the strain of our health and social care services.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    There are 2000+ people in Gateshead diagnosed with dementia, plus those who are affected by the illness including their carers and family members. Current facilities are not enough to provide support for the rising number suffering with dementia, leaving a significant amount without access to crucial social care. The Dementia Advice Service works on a one to one basis and has proven very successful with 95% of current clients indicating they had visited their GP less since their advice session.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Lisa Douglas

    Lisa is our Specialist Dementia Adviser who works directly with sufferers, their families and carers ensuring that they understand their rights.

    Alanna Wilson

    Alanna is our Community Fundraiser and also manages all of our social media and online content