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Everyday Church Wimbledon

We are so glad that you have found us and we want to help you find your place among us as Everyday People with an Extraordinary God.

11 February 2020
Faith Groups, Local DAA Members, Voluntary Sector, Charity, Children Young People and Students
Local Alliances:
Merton 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?

As a church we want to be inclusive of all of the different people in the congregation, regardless of their own individual needs.  For people affected by dementia we will take proactive steps to make things easier for them to be fully included and be able to engage just like everyone else.  We will do this by training our volunteers, making alterations to the space as necessary, and increasing dementia awareness for everyone.

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

Trying to solve the difficulty some people with dementia have in getting to church comes with logistical and data protection challenges.  Also, in a church that is increasingly globalising its focus, we need to make sure we find time alongside that for improving dementia friendliness in the local congregation.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends Champion

    Inclusion and Crisis Care Coordinator to become a Dementia Friends Champion.

  • Dementia Awareness

    Dementia Friends information sessions to be held for volunteers, especially for the 65+ afternoon tea team, and then possibly the wider church community as well. Dementia awareness and strategy to be incorporated into volunteer team inductions.
  • Newsletter

    A dementia-friendly newsletter, in order to keep people with dementia up-to-date with written notice of events.

  • Signage

    Signage to be discussed for the entrance and important rooms.