Toll Gavel United Church - Beverley
Toll Gavel United Church is a very active church situated in the heart of the town centre of Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire. It is a Local Ecumenical Partnership between the Methodist and the United Reformed Church but within its growing membership there is a good cross section of denominations. We are a warm and welcoming church with a membership of around 230. There is something for everyone at Toll Gavel regardless of your age. You will see from our website that there is a variety of activities available alongside our regular Sunday worship. Toll Gavel is part of the Beverley Methodist Circuit which includes three other churches in the Beverley Area - Norwood, Walkington, and Tickton. All the churches offer Christian love and support wherever and whenever they come into contact with people. So feel free to browse our website and even visit our church. We would be delighted to meet you.
- 9 February 2016
- Faith Groups
- Local Alliances:
- East Riding Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?
We seek to be a dementia friendly church, providing help and support to our worshiping community as well as to all within the town of Beverley and its surrounding villages. We seek to ensure that the issues around Dementia are regularly discussed and are part of the on-going public debate.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We need to ensure that we ourselves are sensitive to the needs of those with Dementia (and their families and carers) and to find the time to commit ourselves to regular and on-going information gathering with regards to dementia.
Improve our understanding of Dementia
We will ensure that those within our church community, (especially those who hold positions of responsibility/have face to face contact with the wider community) attend a dementia awareness raising session, such as the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends information session. We will extend the invite for this session to other churches in the area to maximise dementia awareness amongst our community.
Some people within our church community have attended a dementia information session by a retired clinical psychologist in Walkington and have a copy of the following publications:
Growing dementia-friendly churches - Gaynor Hammond http://www.christiansonageing.org.uk/resources-for-allpublications-2books/products/growing-dementia-friendly-churches/
People with Dementia - published by Methodist Homes (MHA) in cooperation with Christians on Ageing, this set of four leaflets covers dementia friendly churches, spiritual care, visiting and worship when it involves those with dementia - http://www.christiansonageing.org.uk/resources-for-allpublications-2books/products/people-dementia/
We will consider circulating these publications amongst our church community to increase dementia awareness and we will look at resources and information about dementia friendly church services, such as:
Dementia Action Alliance Guidance for faith organisations -
Christians on Ageing - http://www.christiansonageing.org.uk/
MHA - http://www.mha.org.uk/
Provide a dementia friendly environment
We will review our premises against the dementia friendly environment checklist: http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/assets/0000/4334/dementia_friendly_environments_checklist.pdf
We will make any reasonable amendments to our signage and premises to make the environment more welcoming for people with dementia.
Appoint a Dementia Champion
We will nominate an individual to be our Dementia Champion for the church to ensure that we continue to keep the issue on the agenda and continue to strive for best practice.