Project information

Pabulum - Dementia Support throughout Norfolk

Pabulum is an Age UK Norfolk project working to improve the lives and well-being of people living with dementia and their carers throughout Norfolk.

Indefinite

Charity information: Age UK Norfolk

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  • Need

    Need

    Norfolk has a higher than average proportion of older people, especially those over 85 years. The highest risk factor for developing dementia is age, those over 85 is set to rise by 71% over the next 20 years.

    Solution

    By providing:
    - Pabulum Cafes which give an opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to meet in an everyday setting.
    - Home visits where trained volunteers help those in the early stages of dementia to compile a Life Story book when the carer and the service user are coming to terms with how their lives are changing.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Pabulum aims to improve the lives and well-being of people with dementia and their carers.

    Activities

    » There are 3 Pabulum Cafes across Norfolk providing a unique and innovative service for people with dementia and their carers in an everyday setting.
    » Wroxy Music is a Pabulum Cafe that uses musical activities and social interaction to help raise self-esteem and aid communication.
    » Trained volunteers visit people in their own homes weekly for up to 12 weeks and together they create a Life Story Book about the persons life.

    Success will be measured through an Annual Report and a 6 monthly interim report. They will measure the service against the aims and provide statistical evidence and soft outcomes


  • Impact

    Impact

    By reducing the loneliness and isolation people with dementia and their carers feel and give them the opportunity to speak to others in similar situations to themselves.
    We will demonstrate their success by linking the outcomes of our Annual Report to the objectives of the National Demenita Strategy.

    Risk

    Main risks would be a reduction in funding for the project and inability to recruit sufficient volunteers.

    Reporting

    Copies of both our interim and Annual Report will be sent to our donors with a letter outlining the success of the project and where additional funding will enable us to improve the service we deliver.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £28,350

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,000 Staffing costs Co-ordinator's salary, training,expenses
      £5,200 Volunteer costs Volunteer exps, travel & training
      £4,400 Management & admin costs Management & admin cost
      £4,000 Cafecosts 3 Dementia Cafes running costs
      £1,750 Wroxy costs Wroxy Music running costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    PKF Foundation £2,000 Guaranteed
    Individual donor £4,020 Guaranteed
    Anonymous Trust £2,000 Guaranteed
    Life Sotry Books £500 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Pabulum Cafes are held in three major towns throughout Norfolk. Volunteers visit people with dementia throughout the county of Norfolk.

    Beneficiaries

    Demographics for the county show a higher than average proportion of older people, particularly over 85 years. The national average of over 65's is 10.5%, with Norfolk's figure being 26%. The highest risk factor for developing dementia is age, especially over 85 years old and Norfolk's demographic of this age group is set to rise by 71% over the next 20 years. Communication is problematic in rural areas due to poor public transport and limited broadband access.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Age UK Norfolk has over 60 years experience in delivering services for older people in Norfolk. All our services are supported by paid staff that coordinate a team of over 250 trained and Criminal Bureau checked volunteers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Project Coordinator

    The Coordinator makes the initial assessment home visit, coordinates the running of the four Cafes and the project itself.

    Professionals

    Professionals are invited to attend the Cafes to provide information about the medical aspects and changes in behaviour associated with the disease.

    Volunteers

    Volunteers provide additional support to the Coordinator. They are all trained in Dementia, Reminiscence etc. They make home visits and attend cafes.

    Carers

    Carers are given the opportunity to speak to others in similar situations to themselves and speak openly about problems and share ideas with others.