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St Aidan's Church - Skelmanthorpe

We wish to respond to the pastoral care & needs of individual.

6 July 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Kirklees 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 congregation awareness it would be helpful if we can support people with dementia to feel welcome and safe in our church, during the liturgy and at other events. We would also wish to encourage community awareness: to encourage local organisations, retail & other business, public & private services, etc, to be more responsive and supportive of the needs of those with dementia; and thus for Skelmanthorpe to become a more dementia friendly community. This would include looking at what we might be able to specifically provide such as drop-in coffee mornings/afternoons, etc. 

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

Our congregation that would need encouragement and some training are volunteers, and can not be directed as, eg, employees of an organization. We need to update, improve and enlarge our facilities to host community events. In as far as financial resources are required, we are limited.

Several congregational members already have some awareness of the issues involved with dementia, and are already supportive. One or two of us intend to train as Dementia Champions. We are in the process of completing our church building that would much improve our current facilities to host community involvement. We recognise that many of the things we can do to help make Skelmanthorpe more Dementia aware and friendly do not actually require much in the way of financial resources.

2. Actions

  • Raise awareness of dementia within St Aidan’s and the local Community

    St Aidan’s offers a significant potential resource to the local community that can engage with and contribute to the development of a dementia friendly community.

    To encourage shops, local businesses and community groups in Skelmanthorpe to become dementia friendly by offering Dementia Friends sessions to help raise awareness within the Skelmanthorpe Community and support the community in working to become Dementia Friendly. To enable us to do this it is intended that at least one member of the Church will attend Dementia Friends Champion Training

    Articles in community publications, St Aidan’s newsletter and webpage about Dementia awareness and the work that we are doing as a community to raise awareness about dementia.

    Dementia could be a topic in church services? 

  • Develop partnership working ‘Dementia Friendly Skelmanthorpe’

    Set up and invite people to join a Dementia Friendly Skelmanthorpe working group. Consider local priorities in working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Church and Community.

    Draw up a plan of proposed actions, this may include community events and joint involvement in Dementia Awareness week.

    To set up a coffee morning for people with dementia and other memory problems, with their carers; this could lead to a memory café or development of a support service. 

  • Link with Local and National Initiatives

    As members of the KDAA link into relevant local and national initiatives, networking opportunities, projects and local services enabling us to signpost people living with dementia and their carers to available support and services.