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Churches Together in Cumbria (CTiC)

Churches Together in Cumbria is a forum in which all the various Churches in Cumbria can come together to work towards common goals. In Churches Together in Cumbria we work and pray for the unity to which Jesus Christ calls us. We celebrate this unity through our county-wide “Declaration of Intent” and “Companionship Letter”. We work for justice through our Social Responsibility Forum and encourage environmental action through our Living Lightly programme.The Social Responsibility Forum (SRF) brings together representatives of denominations and of existing ecumenical groups working in the field of social responsibility. SRF aims to:- Increase the profile of social responsibility in the churches and promote ecumenical action on social issues; Provide an opportunity for exploration of and discussion about social issues, leading to appropriate responses and actions; Increase the engagement of the Church in public and political life; Enter into partnership projects as appropriate.

Updated:
8 March 2017
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Cumbria Dementia Action Alliance, Kendal Dementia Action Alliance, Central Lakes Dementia Action Alliance, Keswick Dementia Action Alliance , Sedbergh Dementia Action Alliance , Ulverston Dementia Action Alliance, Carlisle Dementia Action Alliance , Penrith 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?

Letter sent to all churches in Cumbria inviting them to become dementia friendly with out support.

We are committed to making all churches in Cumbria and all aspects of church life and associated activities in Cumbria as welcoming and supportive as possible to people living with dementia thereby enabling them, their families and carers to participate as they would wish.

We recognise that the onset of dementia should not and will not be an end to the spiritual journey of the person receiving the diagnosis or their carer. The rationale for the mission of the church towards people with dementia and their carers is rooted in an understanding that all people, including those living with dementia , reflect the image of God and a church that excluded people with dementia would thereby be diminished. Our aim is for :-

Our churches to be welcoming and inclusive towards people with dementia and their carers

Church leaders and members of the congregation to help people with dementia feel safe and orientated within the church environment.

Our churches to be places where it is OK to get confused and forget things

Our churches to be places where people with dementia and their carers feel valued members of the congregation, stay involved in church activity and “ not fall off the radar”

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

Lackof awareness and understanding of the needs of people with dementia amongst church leaders and congregations.Encouraging them all to buy into the initiative.Identifying what the churches could do to support people with dementiaThe rural nature of the county and lack of public transport mean people with dementia might have difficulty continuing attending churches

2. Actions

  • Encourage all churches or group of churches to appoint a Dementia Enabler and provide training for the Enablers.

    By a Dementia Enabler we mean a named person in each church or group of churches who will take responsibility for enabling progress towards achieving the goal of making that church “dementia friendly”.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Utilise Dementia Friends Champions to deliver dementia friends sessions to church communities throughout Cumbria

    Two of our reference group members are dementia friends champions and are aware of many others who would be willing to assist. Once they become dementia friends we would hope to encourage some dementia enablers or other church members to train to become dementia friends' champions so as to assist with delivering dementia friends sessions

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Provide information for all churches in Cumbria about the initiative.

    It is important that church leaders and congregations know about the initiative “ Making every church in Cumbria dementia –friendly by 2020 “  The dementia reference group will ensure each church receives a copy and/or leaflets  and the volunteer co-ordinator and other members of the reference group will take every opportunity to talk to church groups about the initiative and why it is important.

    Status:
    Being implemented, Planning