1 How was initial contact made or developed with this group

  • Contacted EBCDA to carry out their yearly Independent Examination.
  • Manager requested to meet to discuss new structure developments.
  • Phase 2 DFC East action plan to raise awareness of dementia support.
  • Contacted to provide a nutrition awareness workshop to staff.
  • To raise awareness of the work of EBCDA – with particularly interest in our work to prevent suicide.
  • Meeting to share info re suicide prevention and postvention.
  • HR guidance in relation to SSP.

2 Intended Impact

  • For MP to explain the process and improve young people’s understanding of Westminster.
  • Share learning and encourage dementia friendly community to be developed in local community groups.
  • Group had their financial information and records independently examined to ensure that they are in line with what the Charities Commission require for Annual Reporting.
  • To raise awareness of healthy eating, the Eatwell Guide and RDA’s on Fats, Salts and Sugars.
  • To train 30 people in the ASIST intervention.
  • To work in partnership with school and community around suicide prevention and Take 5 to think about how could make it work in their lives.
  • To provide some reassurance that organisation was following HR processes properly.

3 Unintended Impact

  • MP offered to make links with his other contacts within Westminster and provide an opportunity for the young people to meet them.

  • Networking – asked for two meeting per year for groups to share what they are doing and discuss their services.

  • Invite to North Belfast to share model of learning.

  • Following information from the Charities Commission we were able to give the group a more up to date copy of what the commission require groups to submit for annual reporting.

  • 50 people signposted to dementia navigator, provided support leaflets to over 100 people, engaged all ages with artist making forget me not flowers.

  • Issue was bigger than first thought and provided contact details for Sector matters/NICVA HR person to work through current issue.

  • Potential for further partnership working and signposting opportunities to local health services in East Belfast.

4 – Your View on Impact

  • Good for everyone to hear the information at once – therefore know that everyone knows the new process re SD1 form to BHSCT to New Life.

  • Working towards Belfast wide being a dementia friendly city.

  • Having an Independent Examination shows that the group understands the importance of regular audits of financial information.

  • Very positive event yet simple event, learning was we need to have a counsellor with us as quite a few sad stories, bereaved people.

  • Raised awareness of the Eatwell Plate and the Recommended Daily Allowance of fats, salts and sugars.

  • An excellent programme designed to provide healthy lunches to families over the summer period.

  • Initially it was a simple by the book SSP inquiry though as the conversation progressed it became clear that it was also in relation to contractual arrangements in addition to SSP.

  • Issue was bigger than first thought and provided contact details for Sector matters/NICVA HR person to work through current issue.

  • Potential for further partnership working and signposting opportunities to local health services in East Belfast.

5 Groups View on Impact

  • Group were pleased and are now looking forward to planning their trip to Westminster.

  • Group appreciated the helpful resources and learning.

  • Thank You! We will contact you next year to have our accounts examined again.

  • The group thought the programme was fantastic and were keen to continue a healthy eating programme throughout the year.

  • Excellent training – one participant emailed to say he had used ASIST two days after completing the course.

  • Pleased that we could respond to their request quickly and guide them through their process and advise them to contact Sector Matters/NICVA HR.

  • This could help local health services connect with isolated older people in East Belfast.

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