VODG Spring newsletter 2017

Welcome to the VODG Spring newsletter. In this issue find out more about: 


  • designing the right dementia care
  • top tips when choosing a provider
  • VODG networks challenge health inequalities
  • our website refresh
  • what is coming up.

Designing the right dementia care

People with learning disabilities are five times more likely than those in the general population to develop dementia. VODG, in partnership with other voluntary organisations, examined the needs of people with learning disabilities and dementia. 
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Read the report which aims to improve the quality of life of people with a learning disabilities and dementia, addressing the challenges to this goal. The report outlines steps that providers can take to improve services. 
A partnership report has also been produced to seek improvements to dementia services for people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) community. The report outlines the growing need for appropriate care for LGB&T people with dementia, the learning that can be applied from existing high-quality dementia care, and the next steps for creating stronger approaches. 

Top tips when choosing a provider

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We have published top ten tips when choosing a support provider. The practical guidance builds on the expertise of our marketing and communications network and is designed to be used by those looking to secure high-quality social care for themselves or for a relative or friend. The resource is also available in Easy Read.

VODG networks challenge health inequalities

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VODG’s professional networks are chaired by senior leaders, with a relevant professional background, from across the membership. Read more about our networks here.


Our work programme in 2017/18 will include an important focus on tackling health inequalities. This follows from earlier events, including a recent meeting of member CEOs and senior directors with Dr Angela Donkin (University College London) and Dr Pauline Helsop (University of Bristol). More information will be available on our website shortly. 

Our website refresh

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Our website has been refreshed. The site now offers a range of features including news and updates, our latest publications and resources, and a members’ space to collaborate and share information and best practice.

What is coming up

Our news pages provide the latest updates on our work. This includes information about our continued lobbying and campaigning, with our partners, for a secure financial settlement for the sector.

Find out more about VODG’s programme of work on managing Brexit-related risks and issues. Forthcoming is a risk register and mitigation plan to help providers tackle the uncertainties ahead. 
We will also be publishing a partnership report on harnessing the benefits of technology in social care – this follows up our earlier report on the topic.
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