Here is a round-up of this month’s SAVS E-Bulletin.
The Herbert Protocol
The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme now being introduced into the region by a partnership of agencies including Essex Police, The Alzheimer’s Society and Essex Search and Rescue. The scheme encourages carers to complete a form compiled of useful information which can be useful in the event of a vulnerable person with dementia going missing.
Details on the form include such things as medication requirements, mobile numbers, places previously attended, a photograph, daily routine etc. In the event that a person with dementia goes missing, the form can be easily handed to police to reduce the time taken to gather information.
The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a war veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia. The completed form will be the responsibility of the family or carer to keep it
regularly updated with any new, relevant information, such as a change in medication.
The form can be accessed by clicking here.
For more information about the Herbert Protocol please visit the Essex Police website.
Ageing Without Children
Ageing without Children (AWOC) is an organisation dedicated to supporting and campaigning for people over 50 who do not have children through choice, circumstance, infertility, bereavement, estrangement, distance or any other reason. Although based in the South West, they operate across the UK.
At present, 1 million people over 65 have no children which will double to 2 million by 2030. More older people are also single for a variety of reasons and living longer without children or a wider family support network. The impact of this will be considerable; care services will no longer be able to rely on family support and it is likely that local authorities will be left to manage the issue at a local level. To help statutory bodies, third sector organisations and private companies working with older people understand more about this issue, AWOC have produced a briefing
paper on ageing without children exploring in more detail the different reasons why there are so many more people ageing without children, the impact of this on individuals, society and services, and solutions to tackle the issue.
Where is our £425 million?
As we enjoyed the World Championship Athletics over the Summer, the Directory of Social Change (DSC) used the event to remind us all that the Olympic Stadium and other facilities were part paid for by a ‘loan’ from the lottery that has not been paid back. DSC has called for the £425m borrowed from the Big Lottery Fund to be repaid immediately.
DSC has been running this campaign for a few years now; if you haven’t already signed up to support the campaign please do so via the Big Lottery Refund website – imagine what we could do with £425 million!!!
The issue was the subject of a recent article in the Guardian.
How to keep it local
Have you ever felt frustrated that business has been awarded to large national charities as opposed to smaller local charities? Locality has produced a guide for councillors and commissioners to support better commissioning.
‘How to Keep it Local’ explains why locally commissioned and delivered services can both save money and achieve better outcomes and sets out a five step guide for how to put a Keep it Local approach to public services into practice.
It busts some of the common myths about the Social Value Act and EU rules that conspire to keep local providers out the picture. It provides inspirational case studies of where councils are using Keep it Local approaches to great effect.
If you would like to learn more about SAVS (Southend Association of Voluntary Services) please visit their website.