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Formby Methodist Church

Formby Methodist Church is part of the Crosby Circuit of the Methodist Church in the UK. Our faith and beliefs are summed up in the traditional creeds of the Christian Church. Worship is central to the life of the Church and is open to everyone, regardless of tradition or experience. We work closely with Churches Together in Formby and have many links into the local community. A variety of groups and organisations meet on the premises each week offering the opportunity to meet together to explore faith or shared interests and enjoy social activities.

Updated:
29 April 2016
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Sefton DAA

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?

Formby Methodist Church aims to be a place of welcome and support for everyone.  We have good links with the community and many different groups use the premises each week.  Sunday worship services are inclusive with everyone being valued and invited to participate as they are able. The Church has a strong emphasis on pastoral care with the Minister and a team of around twenty people offering regular support to church members and the wider community.  Most of our pastoral leaders are ‘Dementia Friends’ and the Church is used regularly to host Dementia Awareness Sessions to encourage a better understanding of the impact of living with dementia.  These are provided for the wider community as well as members of the Church.

The Church runs a weekly Carers Support Group which provides a happy and caring environment for those living with dementia (and other illnesses and disabilities) and their carers.  Information and factsheets are available about Dementia and where to go to get further support. 

The Memory Café run by the local Alzheimer's Society meets on the premises each month. 

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

We are largely dependent on volunteers for the groups and activities that take place in the Church and community.  Many people are already committed to other roles and have additional family responsibilities that make it difficult to commit to further involvement.

2. Actions

  • Carers Support Group

    The Carers Support Group is a free, informal group that meets on Friday afternoons for chat and social activities over a cup of tea/coffee and cake.  The group is made up of people who are, or have been, carers, along with the person they look after.  This provides a safe and comfortable place for people to spend an afternoon.   There is a disabled cloakroom and easy wheelchair access.  Although the group is not specifically for people with dementia, many who attend have some form of the condition.

    The afternoon often includes a quiz, table game, reading poems or listening to music.  Occasionally we have a lunch or afternoon tea with entertainment and we plan to increase the number of activities on offer.  There is frequently a reminiscence aspect to the activities offered which stimulate memories and conversation and help promote a sense of well-being.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Dementia awareness

    Several training and dementia awareness sessions have been run in the Church over the past two years, and this programme is ongoing.  We are involved in the local Formby Group with representatives from shops, businesses and churches working together towards making Formby a more dementia friendly community. 

    All pastoral leaders within the Church will be offered, and encouraged to attend, a Dementia Friends awareness session to improve their understanding of dementia and the impact it has for families. 

    Further Dementia Friends awareness sessions are planned which are advertised in the community and are open to everyone to attend. 

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Encourage other churches and community groups to become involved in the local Dementia Group

    Churches Together in Formby, Altcar and Hightown is made up of twelve churches of different denominations.  This network is ideally placed at the heart of the community, to promote and support initiatives which raise awareness of dementia and the impact it has on family life.  We will encourage a representative from every church to become involved in the Formby Group and all the local churches to consider joining the DAA.

    Status:

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member