Event discusses dignity at the heart of social care

Published: Thursday 8th February 18

The importance of putting dignity at the heart of the care given to the borough’s most vulnerable residents was discussed at a Dignity Action Day event last week.

Southfields students with Daksha Mistry

The event was jointly held by Wandsworth Council and Leonard Cheshire Disability at the Randall Close Day Centre. Invited guests discussed the two organisations’ joint  commitment to the national Dignity in Care campaign, and also paid tribute to former councillor, mayor and Wandsworth Dignity Champion Jim Maddan, who died last year.

Wandsworth Council and Leonard Cheshire have jointly pledged to ensure the Dignity in Care Campaign’s commitment to dignity and respect is put at the heart of their care services. The campaign’s ‘Dignity Dos’ are embedded into practice, such as zero tolerance of abuse, support to help people be independent, enabling people to express their needs and wants, and respecting people’s right to privacy

Students from Southfields Academy worked with chef Daksha Mistry to create a buffet for the event, as part of Pan Out –an EU-funded project to help get young people into the catering and hospitality industries. Each of the students was recognised as a Dignity Champion by Wandworth Council’s Director of Children’s Services Dawn Warwick.

The council’s spokesman for health and social care Paul Ellis pledge the council’s continued support to the Foundation, and also paid tribute to Cllr Maddan, the previous cabinet member for health and social care.

Cllr Maddan speaking at last year's event

“Councillor Maddan, who is still much missed by his colleagues, was one of the driving forces of embedding the Dignity in Care culture and was truly committed to ensuring that maintaining the dignity of the vulnerable residents we support is at the heart of everything we do.

“At Wandsworth we will continue to work closely with colleagues in the health services, with local voluntary and charity groups and with local service providers like Leonard Cheshire to provide the best possible care.”

Randall Close in Wandsworth is a day centre run by Leonard Cheshire Disability. Open five days a week, the centre offers a variety of therapeutic, educational and leisure activities to around 100 adults with disabilities, sensory impairments or mental health needs,

William Gallagher, Randall Close Care Manager, said: “We were proud to celebrate Dignity Action Day and to dedicate the event to the late Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Jim Maddan OBE, who supported us over many years. Leonard Cheshire Disability has a very close working relationship with Wandsworth Council which has enabled us to provide an innovative service within the community, putting dignity at the heart of everything we do. We would like to thank all those who attended and made the event so special.”

Find out about the Dignity in Care scheme at www.dignityincare.org.uk.

To contact the Leonard Cheshire Randall Close Day Centre, call (020) 7223 0350.

For more information about who is eligible for adult social care, and what help is available, visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/acis.


Notes to Editors

The 10 Dignity Do’s are

  1. Have a zero tolerance of all forms of abuse
  2. Support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family
  3. Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service
  4. Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of    independence, choice and control
  5. Listen and support people to express their needs and wants
  6. Respect people's right to privacy
  7. Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution
  8. Engage with family members and carers as care partners
  9. Assist people to maintain confidence and positive self-esteem
  10. Act to alleviate people's loneliness and isolation

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