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United Benefice of Haxby & Wigginton

We are two Anglican parish churches seeking to support those living with dementia and their families and friends, to ensure all can enjoy access to their faith without impediment or prejudice.

28 January 2020
Yorkshire and Humber
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
York 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?

1.We aim to raise awareness within clergy,staff,PCC members,volunteers and the congregation members; through series of initiaitives. 

2. We plan to review the church environment to ensure it is appropriate for those with demetnia needs, e.g. signage, buildings, pastoral care and services.  This will include a review of our writeen materials (hardcopy and website) and to advertise and share our pledge with the wide community. 

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

1. Complete an assessment of our principle areas and discuss a summary of action points with the PCCs of each church to create a single approach. 

2. Education and training for all key personnel and those with involvement in pastoral and community care. 

3 Develop memory boxes for each church to help with conversations and memories llinked with faith events. 

2. Actions

  • 1. Become a Dementia-friendly Benefice

    1. Raise awareness & safeguarding of the vulnerable within each church family and PCC's 

    2. Ensure key personnel have access to training and education. 

    3. Survey the buildings, the services, the pastoral care to assess where changes/ challenges may be necessary. 

    4 Link with local organisations and agencies to raise church involvement at local level. 

    Being implemented
  • 2. Being creative in our welcome within each church

    1. Create at lease one memory box at each church to assist with conversations and sharing of memories around faith events, helping to bridge the gaps. It is hoped that these boxes will be used at church events (during worship if needed) and maybe taken by pastoral visitors to the homes of church goers where applicable . 2. Review of church services and their liturgical content and language to assess whether we could be more approachable / welcoming in our words and tone. 3. Survey our after service hospitality to ensure we are inclusive in our welcome whilst being safe in our practices and policies.

    Initial Scoping