St Decuman's PCC
St Decuman’s Church is the parish church for the town of Watchet. It is part of the Watchet and Williton Benefice in the Quantock Deanery of the Diocese of Bath & Wells. It is also a member of the local churches together organisation. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) shares with the churchwardens and the clergy the responsibility for the day to day running of the church and its role in the community. This includes support for childrens’ work through the local Church of England & Methodist Primary School and through the Sunday School. It also includes the pastoral care of people of all ages in the town of Watchet, whether or not they are ‘church members’. There are church services every Sunday and Wednesday, some at St Decuman’s, some at Holy Cross Chapel.
- 12 November 2019
- South West
- Charity, Faith Groups
- Local Alliances:
- Watchet & the Quantocks 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?
Raise awareness among church members and the local community of dementia as something that already affects some church members, whether those living with dementia or carers, and will in due time affect others.
Take part in the Diocesan programme for Dementia Friendly Churches as it is rolled out.
Continue to support the Watchet Dementia Action Alliance.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
At the present time, the church membership is relatively elderly and widely committed to other forms of community action.
The church buildings are difficult to access: St Decuman’s is at the top of a steep hill outside the town; as a medieval building opportunities to change seating, layout, etc are limited; meanwhile, Holy Cross, although in the centre of town is on the first floor of a later, but still listed, building.
The PCC and the whole church membership will continue to support WDAA by advertising events, offering hospitality for meetings, and encouraging a stronger relationship between WDAA and local businesses and organisations with which church members have links.
Dementia Friendly Churches
The Diocese of Bath and Wells is developing a programme to encourage churches across Somerset to become Dementia friendly. When the details of this become available, the PCC will consider how best to join in.
Raise awareness of dementia
There are already a number of Dementia Friends and two Champions within the church membership. They will be the ‘seed’ from which this action will grow. Church members will be encouraged to take part in further Dementia Friends sessions organised by the PCC (or take the course online) or to read the introductory booklet produced by Watchet Dementia Action Alliance.