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Jesmond United Reformed Church

We worship and serve Christ and in doing so bring others to the hope and joy of the Christian message. We welcome all who wish to join us and we hope to make our church inclusive and accessible for everyone living witnin the community.

16 November 2015
North East
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance, North East Dementia 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 at the Jesmond United Reformed Church are keen to join forces with Dementia Friendly Jesmond in making our church dementia friendly. We will initially begin by have a Dementia Friends session held for all the church volunteers in order to heighten our awareness and knowledge of the disease. We then plan to follow the Top Ten Tips guidence for faith organisations in order to make other areas of the church and our services dementia friendly.

In time we would like to start up a gardening project which will be aimed at those living with dementia in the community.

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

The challenges we will face will lie within making any large environmental changes to the church. We will endeavour to carry out the less cost reliant amendments such as tidying up the notice board etc however we may struggle with other larger changes as there is only so much we can do within the church.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends

    We plan on holding a Dementia Friends session for all the church volunteers and any other members of the church who wish to attend. This is so that we are able to increase our knowledge and understanding of the disease which will better assist us going forward.

  • Environmental checklist and Top Ten Tips

    We will use the environmental checklist and top ten tips in order to familiarise ourselves with what would make the church more dementia friendly. We will take action of the back of these where possible and heighten our awareness in the process.

  • Dementia Friendly Gardening Project

    We hope to arrange a dementia friendly gardening session as a way of including and offering a service to those living with dementia in the community. This will take a bit of planning however we hope to have it up and running by the middle of 2016.

    Initial Scoping