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Wessex Dementia Friendly Churches Partnership

The Wessex Christian Churches Partnership is led by Faithworks Wessex and Prama and draws support from several individuals with expertise and interest in this field. Faithworks Wessex provides a number of services to vulnerable adults and carers across Bournemouth, Poole and parts of Dorset and seeks to enable churches to undertake Christian social action. Prama is a long established domiciliary care provider supporting up to 2000 vulnerable adults in their own homes. Prama also provides a variety of other forms of support to vulnerable adults and carers.

Updated:
13 January 2014
Location:
South West
Sectors:
Care, Voluntary Sector

1. Action Plan

1. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

The Wessex Christian Churches Partnership is led by Faithworks Wessex and Prama and draws support from several individuals with expertise and interest in this field.Faithworks Wessex provides a number of services to vulnerable adults and carers across Bournemouth, Poole and parts of Dorset and seeks to enable churches to undertake Christian social action.  Prama is a long established domiciliary care provider supporting up to 2000 vulnerable adults in their own homes. 

Prama also provides a variety of other forms of support to vulnerable adults and carers.This partnership has been established to enable churches and faith groups to be more responsive to the needs of vulnerable people, especially those with memory loss. Our focus is to enable people to achieve the following outcomes:

1. To have the knowledge and know-how to get what they need

2. To live in an enabling and supportive environment where they feel valued and understood.

3. To have a sense of belonging and to be valued as part of a family, of a community and as a participant in civic life.

The partnership will undertake this by:

  • Delivering training events for churches across Dorset and Hampshire  
  • Working with churches to develop and implement action plans 
  • Assimilating signed up churches within the partnership

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

Since July 2012, the partnership has delivered four events in Poole, Wimborne Minster, Corfe Mullen and Sopley at which approximately 140 churches across Wessex have been represented. To date there has been a high degree of interest and enthusiasm. The challenges lie in:

  • Securing additional staff resource to follow up those churches who have an enthusiasm to develop their own action plans.
  • Establishing a framework which helpfully monitors the ongoing compliance with declarations.

2. Actions

  • Wessex Dementia Friendly Churches Partnership

    3. What are your plans as an organisation to respond to these challenges between now and 2014?

     

    Faithworks Wessex has successfully applied to the Borough of Poole to provide a staffing resource to undertake work with churches in Poole. The specific plan is attached.

    Prama has successfully applied to the Rayne Foundation to secure a staff resource to undertake work with churches, businesses and community organisations in north Dorset.

    Prama is a partner to Dorset PCT’s successful bid securing funding to develop dementia friendly communities across Dorset. This position will enable the delivery of a bid encompassing the role and work of churches across Dorset.

    Further to the roll out of these action plans the partnership will review methodology and, where appropriate, secure other sources of funding to ensure that follow up with churches can be sustained.

    The next stage of the Dementia Declaration project will be to seek to develop partnerships with a range of organisations that can help us to deliver the Declaration, such as civic organisations and employers.

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