Dartmouth Caring is a local charity that is there to help those in need and the vulnerable within Dartmouth and surrounding villages.
Our aim is to enable people to live happy and vibrant lives, connecting those who are isolated and improving health and well-being within our community. We do this by offering a range of different services and activities for those individuals to partake in if they wish to.
In 2018 – 2019 Dartmouth Caring Provided:
18,000 occurrences of support to clients
2,610 Home Visits to vulnerable adults
2500 lunches at lunch club
30,578 miles of subsidised volunteer driver transport
Used over 10,000 hours of volunteer time to support the community
Over 750 occurrences of support for those with memory loss issues and their carers
CASE STUDY 1
Since 2012 we have been visiting regularly and assisting her to manage her financial affairs, we have worked closely with the local branch of her bank to ensure her financial security. By visiting regularly we have been able to establish a trusting relationship with our client. During a visit we will go through recent post and weed out junk mail and potential scams, it is usual to find at least one insurance policy or other product which she will have agreed to since our last visit. With CS 1’s consent we will cancel products and where necessary obtain refunds. Also with the help of her bank we have prevented the loss of thousands of pounds from her private fund. She is very vulnerable and suggestible and will agree to anything that is offered to her by unscrupulous companies and individuals and whom she is now targeted by.
Recently we have helped her to change her phone number and installed a phone which is able to block unwanted calls. We continue to visit on a regular basis and help her to manage her finances. By working with local people, shops and café’s we have a small network of people who look out for her and will report concerns to us. CS 1 is very keen to maintain her independence in her own home and we continue our efforts to get her to accept help with cleaning and personal care.
CASE STUDY 2
The brother was admitted several times to hospital but always wanted to come home to CS 2 which he did with carers in place. Social Services were then closely involved with us to help them. At the beginning of 2014, the brother was admitted to a nursing home in Plymouth as a permanent placement, it was apparent at this stage that CS 2 could not manage the brothers care needs. CS 2 was now seriously ill himself and no longer able to work. We applied for ESA for him.
In 2014, CS 2 informed us that he was being pursued by HMRC for non-payment of tax (going back to 2013) from when he was self employed. He hadn’t paid the tax and incurred several charges on top of the original bill. He was struggling at this time with caring for his brother and did not respond appropriately. Dartmouth Caring looked at the paperwork and wrote to HMRC on his’s behalf to waive the surcharges, this they did and we got all of his affairs in order with the result of a minimum tax bill. HMRC were then fully informed that he was no longer working and his account with them was closed.
CS 2 residency at his flat was in question at this stage as his brother was no longer living there (bedroom tax) – social services requested that we help him complete a housing application. We also referred him to solicitors to apply for power of attorney for his brother – he later died in the nursing home in March 2015.
In Feb 2015, CS 2’s ESA was stopped due to reasons of income – as a volunteer church organist but who was reimbursed for incurred mileage. Emails went back and forth between DC and DWP whilst we tried to sort this out for him – eventually sorted at the beginning of May. He is now enjoying a more relaxed life and involves himself in community and the church. He still comes to us if and when he needs but life in the latter year has improved significantly.
CASE STUDY 3
Dartmouth Caring have also provided transport to medical appointments, helped her to contact her landlord regarding repairs. We also referred and arranged for a home fire safety check with the fire service. During the visits we have also helped CS 3 with small household jobs which she cannot manage due to poor mobility. We have organised some equipment and aids to help her at home.
Our visits have increased to weekly to ensure she is ok and not isolated and include doing and delivering shopping for her. She will call us with any concerns or requests in-between. We are her local support and help her remain at home and independent but not alone.
CASE STUDY 4
Dartmouth Caring have provided support to her in various ways over the last 3 – 4 years. We assisted with re-housing, enabling CS 4 to move to accommodation with a small garden which has proved beneficial for both her and her pets who she relies on for company and comfort. She received an assessment appointment with ATOS, to which she went off her own back without understanding what it meant, and was placed in the ‘Work Related Activity Group’ for ESA. We successfully had this decision reconsidered and she is now in the support group which is appropriate for her needs.
CS 4 is not able to manage her finances and becomes anxious and confused when confronted with anything officious, we have helped on a number of occasions when she has required assistance to pay bills, sort out small debt problems and provide regular reassurance that welfare and benefits payments are being paid correctly. Dartmouth Caring will continue to support CS 4 to manage her personal affairs, we have recently gained client consent to visit fortnightly to try and keep on top of everything with her. We have also introduced her to another charitable group that helps old horses as she loves horses. She is much more content and stable and still has us