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St Johns Heatherlands Parish Church

St Johns is a parish church and its sister church is the Good Shepherd. We believe in being a Christian presence in the heart of community life. We aim to help people find faith in Jesus and grow in it. We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds and are highly supportive of everyone. We are at the heart of a busy multi cultural part of Poole, opening our doors to many groups from toddlers through to 12 step groups, and older persons luncheon clubs. Everyone is important to St Johns and we help support all.

10 November 2016
South West
Children Young People and Students, Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Poole Dementia Action Group, Dorset Dementia Friendly Churches

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 church we have members of the congregation with memory loss. We enable them through support, picking them up from home and sitting near to them in the service to still have independance and feel able to worship. We feel that our church is respectful and supportive of those with memory loss. We have an older persons lunch group helping those who otherwise may be isolated in the community, and we ensure that our services are interactive and understood by all. We also are supportive of carers helping them feel safe to bring those they care for to services, and also be able to have some quite time for themselves if needed.

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

Our sister church The Church of the good Shepherd and ourselves have recieved some training on Dementia Awareness. Not all of the church staff were able to attend, so perhaps there is still some knowledge awareness around dementia which could be helped with further training.

2. Actions

  • Church dementia audit

    To have a dementia audit of the church and halls to see how we can improve the churches acessability for those with dementia. Looking at clear signage and access.

  • Further Dementia training.

    To have further dementia training for those in the church who missed the last training.

  • To continue to be aware of how we can help the church environment be a safe place for those with dementia.

    To discuss in PCC meetings and Team meetings how we are supporting those in the congregation with memory loss, and whether we have to update our approaches around support. To make sure our safe guarding officer is aware of those with memory loss in the congregation.