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St Paul's Parish Church, Shipley

St Pauls Church is a Church of England parish church within the Diocese of Bradford. Situated in the Shipley area, the Church fulfils the spiritual needs of those in the community, as well as reaching out to and supporting those in the local community. This includes supporting people living with and caring for people with dementia.

29 January 2014
Yorkshire and Humber
Membership Organisations, Other
Local Alliances:
Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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, here at St. Paul's we aim to welcome everyone who comes through our doors. We want to value and give others a sense of belonging. We know there are members of our congregation who are carers for relatives with dementia and so we have trained our welcomers to be sensitive to both the needs of individuals and their carers. We want to raise awareness of needs whether they be physical, emotional or spiritual.

Over the last three years I have facilitated a small group for those who are carers and this has been a support and resource for them. We meet and share the journey, offer ideas and share information as well as enjoy good coffee and cakes! This means that the group acts as a resource for each other, and I know that they all look forward to the opportunity to meet up and give each other encouragement as they go about their own particular situation.

They know they can contact one another in between group meetings. I have seen the enormous value of this as it enables carers to go home, feeling they are not alone. We want to continue to raise awareness of all the issues that surround those with dementia and their carers and I hope that we, as a church, can join the Alliance.

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

  • Difficulties balancing respect for the old building with need to make changes
  • Budget
  • Time, most members of staff are volunteers

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friendly Envirionment

    To improve signage and signposting in our Church and facilities, so that people with dementia and other members of the community find it easier to navigate themselves when visiting. (We are looking to introduce larger signs for our bathroom and add individual signs on the door to minimise confusion.)

  • Awarenes Training

    Give welcomers and side people a greater awareness about dementia, and the difficulties faced by those with dementia.

  • Continue to Run Support for Carers

    Carry on running the quarterly support group for the carers of those with dementia (open to the public as well as members of the church).