Making Space is partnering with Rotherham Council to deliver dementia carer support and dementia cafes across the borough.
The three-year contract will see the health and social care charity take over the running of dementia cafes and one-to-one support. The contract was previously fulfilled by Alzheimer’s Society.
In addition, a number of local services and groups will continue to be provided by Alzheimer’s Society, including Singing for the Brain, Rotherham Activity Group, Carers’ Resilience Service and the Social Prescribing Service. Alzheimer’s Society will also continue to facilitate the Rotherham Dementia Forum.
Both national charities will be working in partnership to coordinate the full quota of dementia support across Rotherham.
Cath Magee, area manager for Making Space, said: “Rotherham is a new local authority area for us, although we already have a strong presence in Doncaster and Barnsley. This is a great opportunity for Making Space to make our mark and share our national expertise in dementia and carer support.”
She praised the work of Alzheimer’s Society saying: “Alzheimer’s Society has been delivering an excellent and highly regarded service for the past 5 years and we are working closely with them during the hand over period.
“Our two organisations already have a strong working partnership and we will build on this to making the transition period as easy as possible for the people we support, employees and volunteers.
“There is a fantastic team of volunteers in place who are passionate about supporting the service. We will continue to work with them, as well as recruiting more volunteers.”
Nathan Atkinson, assistant director of strategic commissioning at Rotherham Council, said: “Working with Making Space and Alzheimer’s Society we will help local people who experience dementia, either personally or through a loved one, to access the support they need as easily and as quickly as possible.
“The dementia cafes offer a safe space for people to come along, have a cup of tea and find out about their support options. They are also a brilliant way to meet new friends and hear other people’s experiences. I look forward to seeing the whole new support pathways, including the cafes, in action over the coming months.”
Donna Craven, services manager at Alzheimer’s Society said: “Alzheimer’s Society will still be supporting people affected by dementia in Rotherham in a number of ways. We will continue to deliver some services across the area and our National Dementia Helpline, is available seven days a week, along with Talking Point, our online community forum.
“We will also continue to play a leading role in changing society nationally and locally to improve the lives of people affected by dementia, whether through our role in the Rotherham Dementia Forum, in local strategy groups, our campaigning for reform of the social care system, our awareness raising of dementia, or our research into care and support.
“We would like to emphasise to people who have used our services that even though change can sometimes be difficult, our priority remains to continue to work with partner organisations to help people live well with dementia in Rotherham.”
One of the focuses for the new service provider will be reaching out to Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities around Rotherham.
Making Space will be working to targets to increase the levels of support provided, which includes a 100 new attendees to their dementia cafes in their first year and to provide intensive one-to-one support for 650 people for each year of the contract.
Cath said: “When dementia support services work well, they help carers to look after their own health and wellbeing and enable them to be continue in their caring role for as long as they choose to do so.
“We are very excited to look at ways we can enhance the reach and impact of the service. For example, we aim to increase support for those bereaved through dementia and our fantastic death cafes could provide an essential source of support for this.
“Making Space has also pioneered a model for a dementia law clinic, which we know would be much in demand in Rotherham”.
You can contact Alzheimer’s Society about their services on 01709580543
You can contact Making Space about their services on 07973 855 786