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St. Mary’s Church, Hadleigh

St. Mary’s is the Church of England, parish church. It offers a wide range of Anglican worship. We seek to proclaim the Christian good news in word and servanthood being active partners in God’s mission both locally and wider afield. We take the ministry of welcome seriously, and embrace people of all ages and abilities. Our Church building is open every day and has space to be used for both worship and community activities. Café Church on Friday mornings is supported by many in the town who come for friendship and conversation and enjoy coffee and croissants and bacon butties. There is opportunity to worship in an informal communion service for those who wish. Our pattern of worship on Sundays offers traditional Book of Common Prayer Communion at 8.00am and 10.45am Common Worship Eucharist or informal morning prayer. On two weekday evenings the Porch Project for teenagers in the town, meets in St. Mary’s and we have a paid youth worker and team of volunteers. We work with the schools and children from babies to teenagers. We also offer a social group for those who have been bereaved. There is a Mother’s Union group. We are a member of Churches Together in Hadleigh and work with the other churches in community projects including the Lunch Clubs.

10 June 2016
East of England
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Hadleigh 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?

For all major events and worship we have a team of volunteer welcomers.   We would seek to promote awareness of dementia issues to our welcomers and other key people, including our team of clergy and readers who lead worship in our Church so that those living with dementia  and their carers feel comfortable and at ease.

We are aware of general disability issues and  have space to accommodate wheelchair users.  We have a toilet  with access for people with disability.   We have ramps and are aware of other safety issues such as marking steps.

We have volunteers who visit and take services at all the residential care homes and Sydney Brown Court.

We are aware of safe guarding issues and key staff members have DBS certificates.

We would wish to review what we do on a regular basis and endeavour to improve our facilities and our awareness of dementia issues.   We would seek to resolve specific problems that may occur with individuals from time to time.


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

One of our challenges is that our building is Grade I listed so adapting for needs of people with a disabity can be difficult.  We have however changed our seating from pews to chairs and this makes it easier for people with mobility problems.

The members of our congregation who volunteer to welcome can change so keeping up awareness of dementia issues will need to be addressed.

Our ministry team can also change personnel so will need to keep updated.

2. Actions