Rotherham and Dearne Valley Circuit of the Methodist Church

The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the Gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out His discipleship in worship and mission. Worship exists to increase awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate His love. The Church exists to help people to grow and learn as Christians through mutual support and care: to be good neighbours to people in need and to challenge injustice; to make followers of Jesus Christ.

Updated:
14 March 2014
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Rotherham 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?

The Rotherham and Dearne Valley Circuit of the Methodist Church aims to increase awareness of Dementia and relevant support strategies through ‘Dementia Friends’ awareness sessions delivered across the membership and increasing/strengthening its relationship with Alzheimer’s Society thus creating a Dementia Friendly Community across the Circuit.

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

Although the Methodist Church has contact with hundreds of people through its membership and numerous adherent groups, many of the buildings are old and have inflexible layouts with very limited parking facilities; thus limiting access for many.

2. Actions

  • All Pastoral Teams will have Dementia Friends [Alzheimer’s 2013] within their membership

    We will deliver Dementia Friends awareness sessions to all pastoral teams across the Rotherham and Dearne Valley Circuit.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • All Pastoral Teams will review their current practice for visiting.

    Each team will be encouraged and supported to review their current visiting practice in light of new awareness.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Dementia awareness will be offered to a wider audience.

    Dementia Friends’ awareness will be offered to congregations, family and friends across the Circuit, using church premises.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Continued up skilling of Acorn visitors

    On registering as an Acorn visitor, each member will receive ‘Dementia Friends’ awareness. This will be supported by ongoing development sessions.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Extending links with Residential Homes

    The links between Acorn volunteers and Rotherham Residential Homes will be extended across the Circuit to continue the work to reduce the isolation and loneliness felt by so many in residential care, especially those who rarely receive visitors.

    Status:
    Delivery, Planning
  • Links with Alzheimer's Society

    A closer relationship will be sought with the local Alzheimer’s Society to offer church premises for use to establish Memory Cafes/ Singing for the Brain sessions in areas across Rotherham  and the Dearne Valley not already delivering sessions.

    Status:
    Planning, Delivery