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Hadleigh United Reformed Church

Hadleigh URC is a member of the United Reformed Church, a national, mainstream Christian denomination and is also an active member of Churches Together in Hadleigh. We meet every Sunday morning at 10.30am and worship in an informal, but reverent manner, balancing the best of traditional and modern worship. Our congregation ranges in age from babies to those in their 10th decade. We also embrace a broad spectrum of theological understanding and try to be a place where all people can meet with God. We are very much involved in our community through the many activities that take place in our buildings, and especially through our links with the Ansell Community Centre.

8 June 2015
East of England
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Hadleigh 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?

As a church we try to be welcoming to all people and already have a pastoral care team and a disability ambassador.We run a drop in coffee morning once a week to which those with dementia and their carers are welcome.Many of our church members are volunteers at the lunch clubs held in the Ansell Centre.We plan to encourage many members of the church to become dementia friends.Our buildings already have good facilities for those with disabilities such as wheel chair access, accessible toilets and a stair lift. However, improvements could be made to help those with dementia.Some of our members are part of the Churches Together in Hadleigh team who visit residents in local care homes.



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

As for any voluntary organisation there are the constant pressures of time and competing claims on resources. There is a need to raise awareness of dementia and investigate what improvements can be made to make life better for people with dementia and their carers.



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2. Actions

  • Ensure members of the congregation have a positive and supportive attitude to the issues of dementia in Hadleigh’

    One person will become a Dementia Champion and deliver training so that many members of the congregation will become Dementia Friends.

  • Improve pastoral care for those with dementia and their carers.

    Provide training for pastoral carers so that they are aware of the needs of those with dementia and their carers in the congregation and how they can help to alleviate problems. For example pastoral carers could remind those living with dementia of events taking place in the church and Ansell Centre and they could provide a listening ear for the carers of those with dementia.

    Initial Scoping