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St Peter's Church Shipley

St Peter's is a large and lively church with active congregations attending three regular Sunday services with 248 people on its electoral roll and average Sunday attendance of 210. The church staff include Vicar, self-supporting Associate Minister, Curate, Children and Youth Work and Local Outreach Coordinator. We are fortunate to have several halls and rooms which are well used throughout the week by church and community groups across all age ranges.

1 April 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Faith Groups
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?

Dementia is an issue facing an increasing number of families within the church as well as in our wider local community.  It is important that those within the church remain part of our Christian fellowship and that as Christians we think about how the church can support local families affected by the issues.  

St Peter's has already made its premises available to run awareness raising events and host a local support group (open to everyone - of all faiths and none).  Over the past 10 years a significant amount of work has been done to re-model the physical environment to make it accessible to wheelchair users and those with physical disabilities.  

Joining the DAA provides an opportunity to develop this work by turning attention to the specific issues faced by those with cognitive disabilities.

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

The needs of people with dementia are complex and issues of stigma, denial and fear mean many needing help want to accept help.

Limitations of time and resouces for clergy and congregation

Member website


2. Actions

  • Gaining support of the Church leadership

    To inform the PCC about recent national intiatives around dementia and ask them to confirm that they offer their full support to the named people in engaging with the processes requried for St Peter's to join the Bradford District DAA and apply for 'Working Towards Being Dementia Friendly' Recognition

  • Changing attitudes and overcoming fear

    Run two training sessions open to the whole church, but with emphasis on church wardens, sidespeople and others with key leadership or welcoming roles.  

    Discuss attitudes and behaviours that are likely to cause embarrassment to people with dementia and other disabilities and which risk unintentionally causing such people to withdraw from church life.

  • Review signage

    Undertake a review of signage in the church buildings so that key information is clear

    Initial Scoping
  • Keeping people informed

    Review information available on noticeboards. Named people to keep a resource file of local support services and other useful information to help families. Artciles for newsletters as appropriate