Holy Trinity Church, Jesmond

We serve our local community by offering Christian worship, and a place for all ages to be accepted and belong. We have a particular focus on young families and children through our weekly Toddler Group and monthly Messy Church, and older people and seniors through our weekly Vintage Lunch Club.

Updated:
16 July 2017
Location:
North East
Sectors:
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Jesmond 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?

We will use the knowledge and understanding we have gained from taking part in Dementia Friends sessions to respond to the needs of those attending the church, our Vintage lunch club and other events,  who are affected by dementia along with their carers, family and friends.

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

Our buildings offer some challenges and it will take some time to be able to raise awareness amongst all our congregation and volunteers. We also recognise that some people living with dementia and their carers may find it hard to be open about the difficulties they may be facing.

Member website

htg.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends Awareness Training

    We will build on our first Dementia Friends Session, which was attended by 27 members of the congregation, including our volunteers working with seniors, by holding further sessions to increase awareness of the needs of those with dementia and their carers.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Publicise and Promote Dementia Friends

    We will display the JDAA Newsletter and dedicate a display space for information about activities and support sessions for people with dementia and their carers available in the area, including details of the Jesmond Library Information Hub.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Promote Good Practice Among Volunteers

    We will work towards becoming a more dementia friendly church, by indentifying good practice and appropriate changes across our volunteer teams. We will liaise with other Dementia Friendly Churches and Faith Groups in the area and will aim to follow good practice guidance as outlined in the Alzheimer’s Society “Guidance for Faith Organisations”.

    Status:
    Being implemented