St Aidan’s Church (Church of England)

St Aidan’s is a Church of England Parish Church serving the local community

18 June 2019
East of England
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Southend, Castle Point and Rochford District 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?

Organising Training in Dementia Awareness for members of the local community.

Setting up and running a Peer Support Group for people caring for someone with Dementia.

Joining the Southend Dementia Action Alliance.

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


Member website

2. Actions

  • Organising Dementia Awareness Training Sessions

    We organised two general training evenings. One in October 2015 with Livability and the second in January 2016 with Southend Alzheimer’s Society. These were open to members of the community as well as church members.


    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    The training evenings were wll received and helpful.

  • Peer Support Group for people caring for those with dementia

    Monthly group meeting on the second Wednesday of each month 2.30pm - 3.30pm. We have had an evening group, which has helped people since it was set up, but with small numbers each month. We are now trying an afternoon time to see if this is better for more people, from July 2019.


    2019 - Second Quarter Update

    The monthly support group started in January 2016. Numbers attending have been small, but those who have come have greatly appreciated the opportunity to talk about their situation. Information packs are given to those who attend, and information about local activities for those with dementia is shared.

  • Joining the Southend Dementia Action Alliance

    This will enable us to learn from others, and keep in touch with local initiatives.


    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    Information from the SDAA has been shared in the carers support group, and more generally where appropriate.