Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity is an evangelical Anglican Church located on the East side of the town. We are working towards becoming increasingly contemporary and relevant in our service to others and we see active participation of the Boston Dementia Action Alliance, as well as taking steps towards becoming a dementia friendly church as a significant part of this aim.
- 19 August 2016
- East Midlands
- Faith Groups
- Local Alliances:
- Boston 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?
Holy Trinity is committed to supporting the needs of people living with dementia, their families and their carers wherever possible, but specifically in the following areas listed in the National Dementia Declaration:
3. I have support that helps me live my life HT is working toward expanding an existing social group for older people to become 'dementia friendly' by the training of volunteer staff as dementia friends and becoming a hub for information. This will allow people with dementia and carers alike to access information and support, whilst having fun with a network of others, including those in a similar position.
4. I have the knowledge and know-how to get what I need See above.
5. I live in a supportive, enabling environment where I feel valued and understood. It is proposed that, in due course, 'dementia friends' training be rolled out to other groups within the church, (leadership, staff and pastoral teams, as well as those with a vested interest), and that premises are made available to groups wishing to meet in support of people living with dementia and their carers.
6. I have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life. It is hoped that once HT is deemed adequately dementia friendly that successes might be shared with other churches in town through the Churches Together in Boston (CTiB) network.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The most significant challenge to date and the one most likely to remain is that of transport. Despite offering a number of social opportunites for different groups, access is an ongoing difficulty.
As regards dementia specifically, fear is also a real challenge. Carers are suspicious of support often anticipating hidden costs or unwated social services intervention.
Appropriate Training for Relevant Personnel
The Pastoral Outreach Worker is to undergo training as a Dementia Champion so that Dementia Friends Sessions on the Church premises to other groups with the church, (leadership, staff, bereavement, pastoral). From 2017, these may extend to include local businesses.
- Being implemented
2016 - Third Quarter Update
The Pastoral Outreach Worker has now undergone Dementia Champions Training and is rolling out Dementia Friends Sessions within the Church and the local business community. Two further sessions are booked for January and March 2017.
Providing a Safe Place for People Living with Dementia and their Carers to Network and Have Fun
To incorporate the dementia friendly ethos to existing social groups within the church and to become a hub for information through liaison with other members of the Boston DAA. In addition to provide premises in which existing dementia support groups can meet.
To Take Steps Toward Becoming a Dementia Friendly Church
To engender empathy and interest in dementia among the worshipping community at HT; to provide ongoing training for relevant parties; to identify members who have a vision for the 'dementia friendly' team; to enourage the PCC and its subcommittees to consider the fabric of the building and its impact on people living with dementia when repairing or replacing fixtures and fittings; regular team meetings and prayer; sharing knowledge and experience.