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A view from another change maker – the inside story of DVSC’s Dementia Aware Community Led programme

Helen Wilkinson CEO

It has been a busy and challenging few months for DVSC as we have been working below the radar laying foundations for our #Dementia Aware Community led programme alongside our core services – volunteering, good governance, sustainable funding, and influencing and engaging. This includes bringing a number of new team members on board, and working with some new partners.

Our aim is to work with people, communities and organisations; to collaborate where we can, to avoid duplication, to share resources and to amplify the messages about building healthier, resilient and more inclusive communities.

We certainly don’t see ourselves duplicating the great work already being done out there by the specialist organisations with specific expertise in dementia, like the Dementia Empowerment and Engagement Programme (DEEP), the Alzheimer Society and Together in Dementia Everyday (TIDE) to name a few of the organisations we have worked with over the course of the last 6 months.

The Dementia Aware Community-Led Programme (DACLP for short) places DVSC in the role of ‘community enabler’ – empowering individuals, DVSC members, the broader voluntary and community sector, local businesses and the wider community and our statutory partners, including Town and Community Councils, Denbighshire County Council, and Betsi Cadwaladar University Health Board.

Our goal is to ensure that individuals and communities have the resources, advice and support they need to shape and develop themselves and their communities in line with Welsh Government’s wellbeing agenda, Dementia Action Plan for Wales 2018-2022 and the Future Generations and Wellbeing Act.

Our focus is community development, with the goal of enhancing individual and collective wellbeing. We are seeking to generate awareness about dementia among the mainstream population, and organisations, and hopefully transforming that awareness into community led action.

DVSC is well placed to do this is because our core purpose as the County Voluntary Council for Denbighshire and the delivery arm of Third Sector Support Wales in Denbighshire, is act as a hub, catalyst and to amplify the voices for change in Denbighshire and beyond in line with our core services - promoting, celebrating and supporting inclusive volunteering, good governance, sustainable funding and influencing and engaging.

The brief we have set ourselves with this programme is to try things out, take risks, to learn from different approaches, to work in partnership and to signpost effectively so that we can ensure people get the information, advice and support they need.

So whilst we are doing some of the usual things (a community grants programme, networking, events, training etc) we are also trying out some different ways of engaging and are looking forward to working with – and deepening some of the partnerships - we have been developing over these past few months, and hopefully developing and facilitating some more.

Team members have been busy making connections with people who could support and be supported by the project. Meetings have been arranged, conferences attended, including the Alzheimer’s Society Cymru Conference 2019, the Making Wales a Nation of Age-Friendly Communities event at Galeri Caernarfon and the event on Dementia Support (TBC) in Rhyl and many more meetings, and face to face conversations, including our public launch on May 22 in Denbigh.

There has been lots of discussion – internally and externally and the overwhelming feeling throughout is that people are clearly excited about the programme and are keen to be involved and to learn how they can help bring about positive change in their communities. Our role is to mobilise and channel that energy and connect people to other people and organisations interested in making positive change in their communities.

Our belief is that as individuals, organisations and communities become more dementia aware, this will benefit the whole community (disabled and older people specifically. This is part of DVSC’s broader ambition to build a movement for change across the county – to build a resilient and inclusive community through voluntary action and social enterprise and in the process enhance individual and community wellbeing.

Since our 22 May launch event, we are busy keeping the conversation going responding to enquiries about our #DementiaAware Community Led grants, and the potential for match funding through the Welsh Church Act and other requests for guidance and support.

We want to work with you to deepen our shared knowledge and intelligence, build capacity and make Denbighshire a pacesetter in Wales. We are following through with the people that made pledges on the day, connecting and networking with other people and organisations wanting to make a difference and are busy organising a number of follow up events and activities in specific localities.

In the meantime, you can share your knowledge, experience and insights by filling in our online questionnaire, coming along to one of our events and hopefully joining us at our #Dementia Aware Co-Production Café event on 30 July at the Naylor Leyland Centre, in Ruthin from 10am to 1pm when we will be launching the full report of our Community Mapping exercise in partnership with Life Story Network. Let’s work together to develop a Dementia Aware Denbighshire Community Led Action Plan.

You can book your place for this here: CommunityMappingDementiaAwareEvent or call Maisie, our Business Support Assistant on 01824 702 441.

We are also doing some community outreach and will be blogging about this over the coming weeks and months.

DVSC are also holding a Dementia Aware Denbighshire Business Breakfast on the 10th July in partnership with the Federation of Small Business and Mingle.

Come along and meet other community businesses to discuss how to be more inclusive.

Book your place here : DementiaAwareBreakfastRhyl

We will provide support for good governance in August, and provide guidance and signposting organisations to other sources of funding in our Summer Funding Fair which could enable them to increase the amount of their activities and initiatives. We are also about to do a call out to the third sector asking for 19 pace setter organisations to work with us and sign up for Alzheimer Society’s dementia friendly communities programme so that together we can share knowledge and learning and motivate others, as we collectively move towards becoming dementia friendly. So there is lots going on!

Finally, we are developing, trialling and implementing an impact and evaluation framework which we are co-designing with stakeholders so that we can assess the impact of the programme and look at what has worked with a view to seeing how this can shape DVSC’s broader work.

We hope to share that learning more generally, but first we have to get on with developing and delivering the programme with your support.

If you want to discuss how you can get involved and how we can support you please email engagement@dvsc.co.uk and if you are interested to discuss partnership and collaboration contact helenw@dvsc.co.uk or call on 07713 997 075.


Mae CGGSDd wedi wynebu misoedd prysur a heriol yn ddiweddar wrth i ni weithio o dan y radar yn gosod y sylfeini ar gyfer ein rhaglen Dementia Ymwybodol dan arweiniad y Gymuned ochr yn ochr â’n gwasanaethau craidd – gwirfoddoli, llywodraethu da, cyllido cynaliadwy, dylanwadu ac ymgysylltu. Mae hyn wedi cynnwys dod â nifer o aelodau newydd i’r tîm, a gweithio gyda phartneriaid newydd.

Ein nod yw gweithio gyda phobl, cymunedau a mudiadau; i gydweithredu lle bo modd, osgoi dyblygu, rhannu adnoddau a mwyhau’r negeseuon am greu cymunedau iachach, cydnerth a mwy cynhwysol.

Yn sicr dydym ni ddim yn ystyried ein bod yn dyblygu’r gwaith gwych sydd eisoes yn cael ei wneud gan fudiadau arbenigol gydag arbenigedd penodol mewn dementia, fel y Dementia Empowerment and Engagement Programme (DEEP), y Gymdeithas Alzheimer a Together in Dementia Everyday (TIDE) i enwi ychydig o’r mudiadau rydym ni wedi gweithio gydag yn ystod y 6 mis diwethaf.

Mae’r rhaglen Dementia Ymwybodol dan arweiniad y Gymuned yn rhoi CGGSDd yn rôl ‘galluogydd cymunedol’ – yn grymuso unigolion, aelodau CGGSDd, y sector gwirfoddol a chymunedol ehangach, busnesau lleol a’r gymuned ehangach, a’n partneriaid statudol, yn cynnwys Cynghorau Tref a Chymuned, Cyngor Sir Ddinbych a Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Betsi Cadwaladr.

Ein nod yw sicrhau bod unigolion a chymunedau’n cael yr adnoddau, y cyngor a’r cymorth sydd ei angen arnynt i siapio a datblygu eu hunain a’u cymunedau yn unol ag agenda lles Llywodraeth Cymru, Cynllun Gweithredu Cymru ar Ddementia 2018-2022 a Deddf Llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol.

Mae ein pwyslais ni ar ddatblygu cymuned, gyda’r nod o wella llesiant unigolion a chymunedau. Rydym ni’n ceisio creu ymwybyddiaeth ynghylch dementia ymhlith y boblogaeth brif ffrwd, a mudiadau, gyda’r gobaith o drosi’r ymwybyddiaeth yn weithredu dan arweiniad y gymuned.

Mae CGGSDd mewn sefyllfa dda i wneud hyn oherwydd ein diben craidd fel Cyngor Gwirfoddol Sirol Sir Ddinbych a bod yn ddarparwyr Cefnogi Trydydd Sector Cymru yn Sir Ddinbych, a bydd yn gweithredu fel hwb, catalydd ac yn mwyhau’r lleisiau dros newid yn Sir Ddinbych a thu hwnt yn unol â’n gwasanaethau craidd – hyrwyddo, dathlu a chefnogi gwirfoddoli cynhwysol, llywodraethu da, cyllido cynaliadwy, dylanwadu ac ymgysylltu.

Y brîff rydym wedi gosod ein hunain ar gyfer y rhaglen hon ydi rhoi cynnig ar bethau, cymryd risgiau, dysgu oddi wrth wahanol ddulliau, gweithio mewn partneriaeth a chyfeirio’n effeithiol fel y medrwn ni sicrhau bod pobl yn cael y wybodaeth, y cyngor a’r cymorth sydd ei angen arnynt.

Felly, tra ein bod ni’n gwneud rhai o’r pethau arferol (rhaglen grantiau cymunedol, rhwydweithio, digwyddiadau, hyfforddiant ac ati) rydym ni’n arbrofi gyda gwahanol ffyrdd o ymgysylltu ac rydym ni’n edrych ymlaen at weithio gyda – a dyfnhau rhai o’r partneriaethau – rydym ni wedi bod yn datblygu dros y misoedd diwethaf, gyda’r nod a ddatblygu a hwyluso rhagor.

Mae aelodau’r tîm wedi bod yn brysur yn gwneud cysylltiadau gyda phobl a allai gefnogi a chael cefnogaeth gan y prosiect. Trefnwyd cyfarfodydd, mynychwyd cynadleddau, yn cynnwys Cynhadledd Cymru Cymdeithas Alzheimer 2019, digwyddiad Gwneud Cymru’n Genedl o Gymunedau Oed Gyfeillgar yn Galeri Caernarfon a’r digwyddiad Cymorth Dementia (i’w gadarnhau) yn y Rhyl a llawer o gyfarfodydd eraill, a sgyrsiau wyneb yn wyneb, yn cynnwys lansio’r rhaglen yn gyhoeddus ar 22 Mai yn Ninbych.

Bu llawer o drafodaeth – yn fewnol ac yn allanol a’r prif deimlad trwy gydol hyn yw bod pobl yn gyffrous ynghylch y rhaglen ac yn awyddus i gymryd rhan a dysgu sut y medrant sicrhau newid cadarnhaol yn eu cymunedau. Ein rôl ni yw sianelu’r egni a chysylltu pobl gyda phobl a mudiadau eraill â diddordeb mewn gwneud newid cadarnhaol yn eu cymunedau.

Ein cred yw, wrth i unigolion, mudiadau a chymunedau ddod yn fwy ymwybodol o ddementia, bydd hyn o fudd i’r gymuned gyfan (pobl anabl a phobl hŷn yn benodol). Mae hyn yn rhan o uchelgais ehangach CGGSdd i greu symudiad dros newid ar draws y sir – i greu cymunedau cydnerth a chynhwysol trwy weithredu gwirfoddol a mentrau cymdeithas a thrwy hynny wella llesiant unigolion a chymunedau.

Ers y digwyddiad lansio ar 22 Mai, rydym ni wedi bod yn brysur yn cynnal y sgwrs trwy ymateb i ymholiadau am ein grantiau #DementiaYmwybodol dan arweiniad y Gymuned, a’r potensial i gael cyllid cyfatebol trwy Gronfa Deddf Eglwysi Cymru a cheisiadau eraill am gymorth ac arweiniad.

Rydym ni eisiau gweithio gyda chi i ddyfnhau ein gwybodaeth ar y cyd a chynyddu’r capasiti a gwneud Sir Ddinbych yn flaengar yn y maes hwn yng Nghymru. Rydym ni’n cysylltu gyda’r bobl a wnaeth addewidion ar y diwrnod, yn cysylltu a rhwydweithio gyda phobl a mudiadau eraill sy’n dymuno gwneud gwahaniaeth ac rydym ni’n brysur yn trefnu nifer o ddigwyddiadau a gweithgareddau dilynol mewn ardaloedd penodol.

Yn y cyfamser, mae croeso i chi rannu eich gwybodaeth, profiad a mewnwelediadau trwy lenwi ein holiadur ar-lein, dod i un o’n digwyddiadau ac ymuno gyda ni yn ein digwyddiad Caffi Cydgynhyrchu #DementiaYmwybodol ar 30 Gorffennaf yng Nghanolfan Naylor Leyland yn Rhuthun, 10am tan 1pm pan fyddwn ni’n lansio adroddiad llawn ein ymarfer Mapio Cymunedau mewn partneriaeth â Life Story Network Caffi Cymunedol Sir Ddinbych – Gadewch i ni weithio gyda’n gilydd i ddatblygu Cynllun Gweithredu Sir Ddinbych Dementia Ymwybodol dan Arweiniad y Gymuned.

Mae modd bwcio eich lle yma:

Digwyddiad Mapio Ymwybyddiaeth o Ddementia Mapio Cymunedol

neu ffoniwch Maisie, ein Cymhorthydd Cymorth Busnes ar 01824 702 441.

Rydym ni’n gwneud peth gwaith allgymorth cymunedol hefyd a byddwn yn blogio am hyn yn ystod yr wythnosau a’r misoedd nesaf.

Mae CGGSDd hefyd yn cynnal Brecwast Busnes Ymwybyddiaeth o Ddementia Sir Ddinbych ar y 10fed o Orffennaf - mewn partneriaeth â Ffederasiwn Busnesau Bach a Meibion ​​Dewch draw i gwrdd â busnesau cymunedol eraill i drafod sut i fod yn fwy cynhwysol.

Archebwch eich lle yma : Brecwast sy'n ymwybodol o dementia

Byddwn yn darparu cymorth ar gyfer llywodraethu da ym mis Awst, ac yn darparu arweiniad a chyfeirio mudiadau at ffynonellau cyllid eraill yn ein Ffair Cyllido’r Haf a allai eu galluogi i gynyddu maint eu gweithgareddau a’u mentrau. Rydym ni ar fin galw ar y trydydd sector am 19 mudiad blaengar i weithio gyda ni a chofrestru ar gyfer rhaglen Cymunedau sy’n Deall Dementia y Gymdeithas Alzheimer fel y medrwn ni rannu gwybodaeth a’r dysgu ac ysbrydoli eraill, wrth i ni symud gyda’n gilydd tuag at ddeall dementia. Felly mae llawer yn digwydd!

Yn olaf, rydym ni’n datblygu, treialu ac yn cyflwyno fframwaith effaith a gwerthuso yr ydym yn ei ddylunio ar y cyd gyda rhanddeiliaid fel y medrwn ni asesu effaith y rhaglen ac edrych ar yr hyn sydd wedi gweithio, gyda’r golwg o weld sut y gall hyn siapio gwaith ehangach CGGSDd. Rydym ni’n gobeithio rhannu’r dysgu hwnnw’n fwy cyffredinol, ond yn gyntaf mae’n rhaid i ni fwrw ymlaen gyda datblygu a darparu’r rhaglen gyda’ch cefnogaeth chi.

Os hoffech chi drafod sut y medrwch chi gymryd rhan a sut y medrwn ni eich cefnogi chi, anfonwch neges e-bost i engagement@dvsc.co.uk ac oes oes gennych chi ddiddordeb trafod cydweithredu a gweithio mewn partneriaeth cysylltwch gyda helenw@dvsc.co.uk neu ffoniwch 07713 997 075.

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