The Church of the Holy Name, Jesmond
Holy Name is a friendly and generous Catholic community in the heart of Tyneside. In the spirit of Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome, our parish is open and welcoming to all: young or old married, single or divorced, and whatever your sexuality, there is a place for you in our parish. The parish, founded in 1901, now has over 200 active members for whom the heart of Christian life is the weekly celebration of Sunday Mass. It is there in the presence of the Risen Christ that we are nourished and strengthened to serve Him in each other, in our families and friends and, especially, in people who are in need.
- 11 July 2018
- North East
- Faith Groups
- Local Alliances:
- Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance, North East Dementia 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?
The Church of the Holy Name prides itself on welcoming and reaching out to everyone in the community and being accessible to all. We are aware that dementia is on the increase in society and we would very much like to get involved with making Jesmond a dementia-friendly community.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Our main barriers will be trying to reach out to those in the community who are isolated and affected by the disease.
Encourage/facilitate Dementia Friends information sessions (large one was held last autumn, advertised in their parish magazine)
We will endeavour to support social opportunities for people with dementia and carers through hosting and supporting groups such as the weekly Tea Club which takes place every Thursday afternoon, 2-4pm
Raising the profile of dementia through collaborating
The Church of the Holy Name is working together with St George's Church to raise the profile of dementia and will be hosting an event in October where 'Still Alice' will be shown and then discussed.