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St Marys Church West Moors

We are a friendly church with a lively, caring and welcoming congregation. We share our Christian faith together in worship, both traditional and informal, and in a variety of social activities and links with our local community.

24 June 2019
South West
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
West Moors Dementia Action Group, Dorset Dementia Friendly Churches

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?

 We have an active representative on the West Moors Dementia Action Group

Increasing numbers of our congregation and our pastoral team are Dementia Friends

We have an open and inclusive approach and all are welcome to attend our services and social activities.

We promote dementia awareness wherever possible, including articles and notices in our monthly magazine

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

Accommodation – our church and adjoining hall are relatively small.  The hall itself is newly built and well equipped for social and group activities.

Ensuring continuing awareness and training within our congregation to support our aim to be fully inclusive and welcoming.                      

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2. Actions

  • Increase awareness of Dementia

    We will continue to organise Dementia Friends Awareness sessions for office holders and members of the congregation

    Being implemented
  • Twiddle Mitts

    We will mobilise our congregation to knit twiddle mitts – issue patterns, share and resource wool and yarn and to deliver mitts to homes and hospitals as required.   

  • Signage

    We will conduct a premises audit, improving signage and layout as possible and appropriate

    Being implemented
  • Dementia Friendly Church services

    We will organise Dementia Friendly services in our church, initially on a termly basis.

    Update: These have been running now for a year and well received. Each service is organised and led by different churches in our churches Together Group, but for familiarity is based at St Mary's

    Being implemented
  • To knit Topsy Turvy Dolls

    Another knitting project. To knit topsy turvy dolls, particularly for females with dementia, tapping into their maternal instincts and helping them to keep calm. Update: Some of our knitters found these rather challenging to make, but we produced a goodly number for distribution in local care homes.
  • knit'n'natter

    Following on from the twiddle mitts, we now have a regular knit and natter group. Topsy Turvey dolls have been knitted for ladies with dementia to help calm them. This project had varying degrees of success as more complicated. Other knitting projects have been for other life needs - babies born sleeping, etc. (not dementia)
  • Music for the Mind

    As partners in Churches Together group a local church hosts what began as Music for the mind.  Once a month having a good sing of old song and popular songs, etc.  This group has changed its name to Community Sing-a-long and is so popu;ar now neets twice a month  still catering for people with dementia, their carers and many others.

    Being implemented