Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool

The Archdiocese of Liverpool is one of 22 Dioceses that make up the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales. Its Archbishop is the Metropolitan for the Northern Province, made up of eight dioceses which cover the north of England. The Archdiocese includes a network of 172 parish churches. Established as a diocese in 1850 and as an Archdiocese in 1911, it serves a large geographical area covering Merseyside north of the Mersey, part of West Lancashire and the Isle of Man and has a Catholic population of about 500,000 with an average of over 50,000 attending church services each weekend. In the Archdiocese there are 230 Catholic schools and colleges and its social care agency is the Nugent Care Society (already affiliated to the Dementia Action Alliance).

Updated:
17 November 2017
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Care, Charity, Community organisations, Education Sector, Faith Groups, Schools, Voluntary
Local Alliances:
Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance , Lancashire Dementia Action Alliance, St Helens Dementia Action Alliance , Sefton DAA, Warrington Dementia Action Alliance, Central Lancashire (Preston & Chorley) Dementia Action Alliance, Wigan Dementia Action Alliance, Halton Dementia Action Alliance , West Lancashire Dementia Action Alliance

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?

Among the 50,000 people who attend our church services each weekend there are a significant number of people living with a dementia and their carers. Our clergy, Eucharistic Ministers, SVP members (Society of St Vincent de Paul), Bereavement Teams, Funeral Minsters and chaplains to hospitals and care homes are also ministering to a large number of people with a dementia who are unable to attend church. 

Our vision is to treat people living with a dementia with respect, to deliver a person centred service that is based on Catholic teaching and will utilise the skills and resources in the wider Catholic community and to enable those with dementia to fulfill their pastoral and spiritual needs, both in the church and in the wider community. 

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

One of the main obstacles will be to overcome the negative perceptions people may harbour about those living with a dementia.

At present we have little knowledge of the current level of skills or awareness in the community relating to dementia.

There will be practical problems when looking at making churches dementia friendly.  The age of some buildings may limit the level of change possible to facilitate a dementia friendly environment.

Limited human and financial resources will affect the project and timescale of the necessary changes.

The project and the proposed developments will be dependent on the goodwill and active participation of local volunteers.

2. Actions

  • To make the Alzheimer's Society Dementia Friends awareness programme available in all our parish communities.

    The Dementia Friends awareness programme will be provided where possible by parishioners or diocesan personnel who are already Dementia Friends Champions, and in other areas directly by Alzheimer's Society. The long term aim would be for every parish to have a Dementia Friends Champion who would take an active part in developing a network of Dementia Friends within the church and parish; using the programme’s online resources to share ideas and good practice with groups and local community services, and work in partnership with people living with dementia and their carers.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    Sessions continue to be held in parishes and other organisations and the work in schools is expanding rapidly.

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    At least 11 more parishes have held Dementia Friends sessions during this quarter, bringing the total to at least 58. 40 sessions have been held with a variety of groups and organisations, including two schools.

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    At least 13 more parishes have held Dementia Friends sessions during this quarter, bringing the total to at least 47. Sessions have been held with at least four Catholic organisations and at least 12 sessions have been delivered in  Catholic schools within the Archdiocese. 8 more Dementia Friends Champions have been trained this quarter, bringing the total to 60.

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    Our target for the summer months was to have 10 more parishes holding Dementia Friends information sessions and we have exceeded that target as 13 more parishes have held sessions, bringing the total to 39, and we now have 52 Champions.

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    The Archbishop wrote to all parish priests on 4thFebruary asking them to include a newsletter insert which invited any existing Dementia Champions to volunteer to lead Dementia Friends sessions and invited others to sign up for Dementia Champions training. So far two existing Champions have volunteered, 12 volunteers have completed Champions training, 16 are booked onto courses and 26 have said they are intending to book, but there are no places available on courses in the North West during the next few weeks. Dementia Friends sessions have already taken place in two parishes and with a group of volunteers and at least four more parishes have sessions planned in the near future. Our short term target is for Friends sessions to have taken place in 25 parishes by the next update in June.

  • To include the Dementia Friends awareness session in the training of key personnel

    We will include the Dementia Friends awareness session in the initial training of all new Eucharistic Ministers and Permanent Deacons and in the regular in-service training offered to our Hospital Chaplains, SVP members (Society of St Vincent de Paul), Bereavement Teams, Funeral Ministers and Clergy.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    The Dementia Friends session is now embedded in the regular training courses for Eucharistic Ministers, Funeral Ministers, Bereavement Teams and Deacons.

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    During this quarter, the Dementia Friends session has been delivered on one course for Eucharistic Ministers and was included in the formation course for Permanent Deacons in February.

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    During this quarter, the Dementia Friends session has been delivered on three courses of initial training and one inservice event for Eucharistic Ministers, one course for Bereavement Team members and one course for Lay Funeral Ministers. The Friends session has been scheduled for inclusion in the formation course for Permanent Deacons in February. Six of our diocesan priests are now Dementia Friends Champions and at least  six others have attended the Dementia Friends sessions in their parishes.

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    The Dementia Friends session has been written into the programme for initial training of Eucharistic Ministers, Bereavement Teams, Funeral Ministers and Deacons. The Friends session was included in the AGM of Aintree University Hospital Catholic Chaplaincy volunteers in July. One of our members led the Friends information session as a workshop at the National Assembly of Deacons in Leeds in September.

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    The Dementia Friends session has been written into the programme for initial training of Eucharistic Ministers and Bereavement Teams: the first training day for Eucharistic Ministers including the Friends session has taken place, and the next one for Bereavement Teams is scheduled for 16th April. Over 100 Funeral Ministers, Bereavement Team members and School Chaplains attended an in-service afternoon on 3rd February which included the Dementia Friends session and some further Dementia Awareness provided by Brenda Stagg from the Alzheimer’s Society and Gina Shaw from SURF. A member of the St Vincent de Paul Society has completed Dementia Champions training and will be delivering the Friends session to SVP members and others in his parish on 10th March. One of our hospital chaplains has trained as a Dementia Champion and is planning to offer the Friends session to the chaplaincy volunteers. Our short term target is for the Friends session to be written into the initial training of candidates for diaconate beginning in September 2016.

  • To provide training to our diocesan surveyors in relation to dementia friendly environments.

    To encourage compliance with the DAA’s Environment Checklist by providing training to our diocesan surveyors based on that document; to ensure that the needs of people with dementia are considered in all future building projects and in the regular reviews of existing buildings.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    A Design for Dementia guide for repairs, refurbishments and new build projects in our parishes is still in preparation.

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    One of our diocesan surveyors is working on the production of a Design for Dementia guide for such projects.

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    One of our diocesan surveyors, recently appointed to lead on repairs, refurbishments and new build projects in our parishes is planning to produce a Design for Dementia guide for such projects.

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    One of the surveyors has completed training as a Dementia Champion and attended the ‘Design for Dementia’ event at Liverpool John Moore’s University.

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    A date has been fixed for the Dementia Friends session to be delivered to all the members of the Archdiocesan Surveyors Department and one of the surveyors has registered for training as a Dementia Champion. The Department has the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Physical Environments Checklist and a copy of both volumes of Designing 4 Dementia. Our short term target is the delivery of the Friends session to the Surveyors and the inclusion of ‘tips’ from the Checklist in the Health and Safety Newsletter which the Department regularly sends out to all the parishes.

  • To review the pastoral care of diocesan priests living with a dementia.

    This will involve the newly appointed Adviser for Sick and Retired Clergy, who is reviewing the level of pastoral and spiritual services and physical facilities that priests living with a dementia are receiving in the community and in care facilities. He will also offer to priests nearing retirement a pre-retirement training session which will include dementia awareness.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    A support pack for priests approaching retirement, entitled ‘Planning for the Future’, has been presented to the Archbishop’s Council. It includes advice on legal matters (including the offer of a free will-writing service and low cost help with Power of Attorney applications), procedures for advocacy on behalf of retired priests who lack mental capacity, and options for provision of care.

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    A support pack for priests approaching retirement, entitled ‘Planning for the Future’, has been presented to the Archbishop’s Council. It includes advice on legal matters (including the offer of a free will-writing service and low cost help with Power of Attorney applications), procedures for advocacy on behalf of retired priests who lack mental capacity, and options for provision of care.

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    The Archdiocesan Adviser for Sick and Retired Clergy, working with the Episcopal Vicar for Sick and Retired Clergy, is implementing a system of documentation for reviewing the care of sick and retired priests, which includes a health and social wellbeing assessment. A presentation on retirement planning and dementia awareness has been prepared  and piloted.

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    The Archdiocesan Adviser for Sick and Retired Clergy, working with the newly appointed Episcopal Vicar for Sick and Retired Clergy, has devised a system of documentation for reviewing the care of sick and retired priests, which includes a health and social wellbeing assessment. Of the 60 retired priests, 3 live in a home specifically designed for people with dementia, 10 live in other nursing homes, 20 are in supported living and 27 live independently in properties managed by the Archdiocese or in private accommodation. 45 of the 60 retired priests have been visited since Fr Steve Maloney's appointment in September. A presentation on retirement planning and dementia awareness has been prepared for introduction in the New Year.

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    Fr Steve Maloney has been appointed as the new Episcopal Vicar for Sick and Retired Clergy and is working with Phil Sergeant, the Archdiocesan Adviser for Sick and Retired Clergy. A meeting for retired clergy and those approaching retirement was held in September.

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    The Archdiocesan Adviser for Sick and Retired Clergy has written to all the Deans, requesting an invitation to each of their regular clergy meetings to introduce himself and explain the relevance of the Archdiocesan Dementia Working Group and has attended six of the 23 area meetings so far. He has begun the process of visiting each of the sick and retired priests to review their needs. Our short term target is for him to visit a further six area meetings before the next update in September.

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    The Archdiocesan Adviser for Sick and Retired Clergy wrote on 7th March 2016 to all the Deans, requesting an invitation to each of their regular clergy meetings to introduce himself and explain the relevance of the Archdiocesan Dementia Working Group. He has already begun the process of visiting each of the sick and retired priests to review their needs. Our short term target is for him to attend twelve pastoral area meetings before June.

  • To hold a Dementia Friendly Christmas Carol Service, 14th December 2016

    Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP will lead the first ever Dementia Friendly Carol Service in Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Wednesday 14 December at 2.00 pm.

    It will feature the ‘Songs we Remember’ Dementia Friendly Choir of 45 people which rehearses fortnightly at the St Thomas of Canterbury church hall in Waterloo.

    All parishes within the archdiocese received an invitation to send people to join the Choir and were encouraged to invite all the Care Homes in their area to bring their residents to the Carol Service. Rehearsals for the service are proving to be animated and lively with everyone playing their part. 

    Students from St Teresa of Lisieux Primary School, Norris Green, English Martyrs Primary School, Litherland and Great Crosby Primary School will be taking part in the service alongside the ‘Songs we Remember’ Choir. English Martyrs will also be presenting a nativity tableau.

    The Carol Service is open to all, especially those living with dementia, supporting someone living with Dementia, or anyone of any age who just enjoys singing carols. No tickets are required.

    Status:
    Completed

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    The Dementia Friendly Christmas Carol Service will be held again in the Metropolitan Cathedral on 20th December 2017.

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    The Carol Service, on 14th December 2016, was attended by around 800 people, including many people living with dementia and their carers. It was a moving and uplifting experience. We have arranged to repeat the service on 20th December 2017.