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Parish Church of St. Peter, Addingham

The Ancient Parish Church of St.Peter’s has seen Christian worship on the site for more than a thousand years and is now part of the newly formed Diocese of Leeds also known as West Yorkshire and the Dales. St.Peter’s is an ancient place of worship which is subject to National Heritage protection. The Parish Church of St.Peter is located on the Dalesway and as such there are many visitors and tourists who pass through the church field as well as those who visit or stay in the village. It is therefore not unusual for us to see transient new faces at services or to have walkers ‘call in’ for a look around. We serve the village of Addingham, with a local population of 3000 and an average weekly congregation of 100. St.Peter’s is a busy church blessed by a diverse range of people, lay and clergy, who play an active role in the growth and well being of St.Peter’s. We see ourselves as an inclusive church and the warm welcome extended to everyone of all abilities is an essential part of our ministry. St Peter’s has a Disability Representative and her role is fully supported by the PCC. Region: Yorkshire and Humber Area Covered: Parish Church of St. Peter is in the Deanery of Ilkley which is in the Diocese of Leeds also known as West Yorkshire and the Dales.

13 November 2014
Yorkshire and Humber
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?

St Peter’s has an important focus in the community of Addingham working together with other churches in the village as well as with the wider  village community.

Our Ministerial Team fosters inclusivity of all people and essential to our ministry is the warm welcome offered by all our frontline teams. Most of our congregation are villagers and therefore we have good opportunities for engagement with the wider village community, local businesses and the visitors we meet.

We consider our frontline teams are essential for supporting all people in church both those who are known to us and strangers who may be visiting. As a church we are especially vigilant for those who may need additional support during services. 

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

2  The challenges for us

1)  Enhancing the general, core understanding of the needs of people who experience dementia and the support they and their carers may require

2)   Understanding the hindrances to those who experience Dementia & their carers

3)  Addressing specific fears, awkwardness, embarrassment, avoidance and not knowing what to do in the presence of people with dementia; fear of the unknown, personal anxiety about memory loss.

4)   Possible tension between respecting the age and beauty of St Peter’s church and enabling better  accessibility /easier navigation around  church especially for visitors

5)  Providing a Pastoral team

2. Actions

  • Undertake an audit of the Church’s current ‘Dementia friendliness’

    Rev’d David Primrose has provided Dr Elizabeth Milwain (Adviser on Dementia Issues for the Diocese of Bradford) with an audit tool that he has developed in pilot work looking at the ‘dementia friendliness’ of churches.

    The tool covers 4 key areas:

       Raising awareness

       Pastoral Care

       Church Services

       The Physical Environment

    The audit process will be led by St Peter’s Disability Representative, Jacqui Hand, with support from Dr Milwain.  As part of the process we hope to find a small team of people within the church with a heart for helping people with dementia and their carers.  We will support these people to gain confidence in moving forward specific actions emerging from the audit which will increase the ‘dementia friendliness’ of St Peter’s. The aim is for the audit process to be conducted during 2014


    Being implemented
  • Developing the key elements of a Dementia Friendly Church

     Organise a further training morning for ministerial and lay teams which will be open to the wider community including local businesses and services.

    Jacqui Hand will coordinate the training session in partnership with Dr Milwain who will come and do a morning’s workshop to go into more details about dementia and how a church can help people with dementia and their carers stay included and involved. The workshop will be scheduled in 2014 and link into the audit process and be part of developing specific, clear and achievable actions that will help St Peter’s to be an acknowledged ‘dementia friendly church’

  • Building up a Pastoral Team

    1) Explore how we could develop a small group of people who may be ‘links’ for those with dementia and their carers

    2) Produce a Support Information pack readily available in church/hall and library

    3) Investigate suitable Diocesan Pastoral training courses