St Thomas' Anglican Church
We are a Christian Congregation part of the Anglican team in Saddleworth as well as being members of churches together locally. We have had and continue to have members with dementia.
- 7 October 2015
- North West
- Faith Groups
- Local Alliances:
- Oldham 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?
We can enable and support church members and their carers to continue to be valued members of our church family. Being aware that each person with dementia will be individual with individual needs which may change or fluctuate.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The church may be re-ordered so physical environment may change some members of the congregation may not want to talk about dementia, although some have been to a dementia friendly session so we are just at the start of cascading information so that members with dementia may be helped.
Named Champion responsible for implimentation and lead
Having a named champion who is responsible for leading the implementation of the action plan within our organisation.
Our lead on implementation is Joyce Brown and Margaret Robson
Raise levels of awareness about dementia amongst lay members and the congregation.
Encourage all lay members and the congregation to watch the Dementia Friends film at www.dementiafriends.org.uk or attend face to face dementia friends session or alternative dementia friends awareness course
Provide access to the Alzheimers Society "Customer Facing staff guide" and MHA, the Christian Council on Ageing and Faith in Elderly People "Growing Dementia Friends Churches - A Practical guide"
Understand how to make our church environment dementia friendly and consider simple changes that could be made.
Carry out an environmental audit using the audit tool and where possible make reasonable adjustments to support people with dementia
Contribute to Dementia Friendly Communities campaign and dementia awareness raising
Display Dementia Friendly symbol and promote dementia friendliness in our own communications.
Installed dementia friendly signage
At St Thomas’ Church Delph we continue to recognise the importance of support of the carer as well as support of those with dementia. As a result of signing up to become dementia friendly we have had dementia friendly signs erected in the toilet area and as we look forward to reordering the church this will remain a priority.