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United Reformed Church, Lymington

Lymington United Reformed Church relishes its position in the centre of the High Street, where it offers worship for all in a relaxed, welcoming way every Sunday morning. All ages are catered for in our modern refurbished Sanctuary. Mid-week prayer meetings and Bible studies are also available. We are a key member of Churches Together in Lymington and Pennington We reach out to the community through our Open Door Café and Saturday coffee mornings, as well as special events which are arranged regularly. Many local groups make use of our premises, including Lymington Care Group, Lymington and Area Street and Prayer Pastors, New Forest Basics Bank, All Seasons Stepping Stones family group, Lymington Arts Festival, Hampshire Open Studios and Churches Together in Lymington & Pennington. We aim that everything we do should be in line with our vision: “to be a church with an Open Door for all people to come in and for us to reach out, responding to the needs of the community and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ."

8 December 2015
Care, Communication, Hospitality, Voluntary Sector, Other
Local Alliances:
Hampshire 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?

Our church supported Lymington Dementia Awareness Week in May 2014 and continues to do so. The Lymington Dementia & Alzheimer’s Group (LDAG) is due to launch Lymington’s Dementia Friendly High Street from our church on Saturday 20/09/14. Our Open Door Café already has a monthly Carers’ Café (3rd Tuesday  of the month) and is soon to have a Dementia Drop In Advisor Service in the café starting on Friday 10/10/14 and monthly thereafter. Our church is also hosting a Dementia Friendly Session for the local Churches Together in Lymington & Pennington on the 23/09/14.

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

The Lymington URC has a “can do” outlook in supporting its Open Door to all. We are lucky to have such a prominent High Street position with our Open Door Café in operation from 2009. Although there are always
challenges we are very proactive in solving these and taking advice on how to cope with situations as/when they arise. We feel it is a privilege to share and outreach to the local community.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Dementia Awareness raising for staff

    Ensure all staff and most volunteers attend a dementia awareness raising session

  • Review environment of premises to identify possible issues for people living with dementia.

    Make changes which are feasible and ensure staff awareness of those which are not so they are able to help visitors within the premises.

  • Provision of an Information Point within the church

    Info point with details of local support services. Tie up with local Dementia Action Group to ensure this information is current.

  • Provide a venue for Dementia related events

    The church is a focal point within the High Street which could host Friends sessions and possibly a Dementia Café – now arranged for starting on Friday 10/10/14 and monthly thereafter.

  • Provide Dementia Friendly Services

    Liaise with Care homes and carers groups to understand what would be required to allow those living with dementia and their carers to feel able to attend a service.

  • Promote the Dementia Friendly Community Project to other church groups within the area

     Help to increase understanding of the project further

    Being implemented

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Ensure Pastoral Care Visitors are dementia aware

     Provide them with information about local support services which they can share with those who need it.


    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update