St Luke's Church, Formby

Local Anglican Parish church

Updated:
6 January 2017
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Charity, Faith Groups, Schools
Local Alliances:
Sefton DAA

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

The church recognises the important role that it plays in the community and wants to better support those struggling to live with dementia. We want to offer pastoral care to those within our Parish and in the wider community; we want to ensure that our congregation have an understanding of the needs of those with dementia and their carers, so they can continue to live a good quality life.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The church is made up of varied people with many different experiences of life. Much of the work carried out by the church is done by people in a voluntary capacity so training cannot be forced upon anybody. We also have to work within the constraints of the wider Anglican community and decisions made by the Diocese. Some of the suggestions we come up with may need to be agreed to by these bodies.

Member website

stlukes.merseyside.org

2. Actions

  • Promote general awareness of Dementia

    We will continue to provide awareness sessions for all members of the congregation to attend and any other interested party. These sessions will look at what Dementia is, how it may present in different people, the needs of those with a dementia diagnosis and their carers, and some possible scenarios that may occur within a church setting. The sessions will last between one and a half and two hours, and open to all to attend.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    New Member

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    We have an awareness session planned for 28th January, 2017.

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    We have an awareness session planned for 28th January, 2017.

  • Appoint a Dementia Champion within the church

    A person will be appointed to be an advocate within the church for those with Dementia and their carers. This person will keep the profile of those with Dementia in the forefront of planning by the Church Parish Council, be a point of contact for those with concerns on this subject and signpost them to relevant support available both locally and nationally.

    Status:
    Delivered

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member

  • We will try to make the physical environment within the church building more user friendly for those with dementia

    We will look at the signage used within the church buildings, such as toilet signs; and make sure that they are clear and readable, showing both the words and pictures to help those who may have difficulty. We will also look at the use of colour in the bathrooms, ensuring that there is a good contrast between walls, toilet seats/urinals and hand rails.

    Status:
    Completed

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Toilet signs are now displaying both words and pictures, on a yellow background. Grab rails in disabled toilet have been painted a contrasting colour to the walls. The wall behind the male urinal has been painted a darker colour so that the urinal is now much more obvious visually.

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Toilet signs are now displaying both words and pictures, on a yellow background. Grab rails in disabled toilet have been painted a contrasting colour to the walls. The wall behind the male urinal has been painted a darker colour so that the urinal is now much more obvious visually.

  • We will provide Reminiscence sessions for those living with Dementia and their families.

    We will provide seasonal opportunities for reminiscence, including objects to handle and singing, related to a particular theme. These sessions will take place on a Saturday morning, as carers have indicated a need for something at weekends.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    We began with a session called Christmas Memories in Dec which was very much enjoyed by those that attended. Our next session will be Romantic Memories and will take place around Valentines Day. This will include looking at wedding memorabilia, sharing photographs of our wedding day and singing well known 'love' songs!