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Christ Church Friezland

We are Christ Church Friezland, an Anglican Church in the Deanery of Saddleworth, an are to the East of Oldham. we are a Christian congregation and part of Churches Together in Saddleworth. we have 71 people on our electoral roll with an average of 67 Sunday Communicants. The congregation is a mix of working people and retired with a balance of age groups and gender. Approximately 6% of the congregation live outside the Parish boundary but within a 4 mile radius of the Church.

26 November 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?

1..How can your organisation help to support people with dementia and families/carers?

We are a family friendly church and do our utmost to make everyone welcome and to feel part of church life. To build on this our aim is to provide a positive, inclusive and caring environment for people with dementia and also their carers. we will strive to put in place and adhere  to our Dementia Friendly Church Plan.

2..What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes for your organisation.

Our church building is in urgent need to undergo significant maintenance work. the building was erected in the 1850's and now faces some challenging repairs to the structure, roof and internal walls where ingress of water has caused damage. Once work starts it is very likely that there will be temporary scaffolding, furniture will have to be moved around and areas covered with dust sheets. This may cause some disorientation to people living with dementia thus we would need to take this into consideration when planning for Church maintenance work.

We need to ensure the understanding/awareness of dementia is understood by all within our congregation. we need to build on the progress made following the Dementia Awareness Session that was run in the Church back in July of which we had a good attendance from our congregation , but not 100%, thus we will need to revisit from time to time.

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

3..How can you overcome these challenges?

Action 1...By having a named champion who is responsible for leading and implementation of the action plan within our organisation.

Named champion is: Elaine Cartwright - Dementia Friendly Advocate Christ Church Friezland.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Raise staff awareness about dementia.

    Action 2

    Description: Encourage all lay members and the congregation to watch dementia friend film at www.dementiafriends.org.uk or attend a face to face Dementia Friends session or alternative dementia awareness course.

    Provide lay members with access to the Alzheimer's Society customer Facing Staff Guide and MHA, the Christian Council on Ageing and Faith in Elderly People - Growing Dementia Friendly Churches - A Practical Guide.


    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Action 3

    Title: Understand how to make my customer environment more dementia friendly and consider simple changes that could be made.

    Description: Carry out an environmental audit using the audit tool and where possible make reasonable adjustments to support people with dementia.

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Action 4

    Title: Contribute to the Dementia Friendly Communities and dementia awareness raising.

    Description: Display the Dementia Friendly symbol and promote Dementia Friendliness in our own communication