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St Luke’s Church and Centre

On behalf of St Luke’s Church, the Parochial Church Council [St Luke's PCC] manages the church site to implement strategy whereby the facilities with which it is blessed are used to maximum effect to benefit the health, education and wellbeing of the parish and all its residents. This includes the management of St Luke's Centre, a facility which has been purposely developed and built upon since 2006, deliberately focusing on improving the health, education and wellbeing of this disadvantaged community and which is now at the forefront of that community. Weekly footfall at the Centre is about 650 people and, of course, the church and its facilities are open to all parishioners.

25 October 2016
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?

St Luke’s church is a safe sacred worship space,  welcoming visitors individually. Services follow familiar formats, using printed and audio-visual aids. Church is bright, warm, spacious and all parishioners may enjoy refreshments following mass. For dementia sufferers the church family affirms their self-worth in a context in which they can continue contributing/giving to others. They are valued, befriended and not overwhelmed. A  study shows that spirituality helps people manage loss of self-esteem, confidence and  to maintain a positivity following diagnosis.

St Luke’s Centre opens every day. Recent services/activities include a weekly dementia 'day centre' and another for 16-25 year olds with mental and/or physical health needs (Southend Mencap). The Council’s Health Team offered 'Staying Steady' (avoidance of falls for the elderly). We work with various groups, many of them voluntary. Dance/fitness and social groups contribute to an average weekly footfall of 650. We encourage communication and mutual support among the leaders and members of these groups  and  we value our social capital with local people and organisations across Southend. In Summer 2016 we are using grant funding to enhance the Centre’s entrance and pathway access.

We ensure people attending have a voice and their needs are met.

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

People’s actual knowledge of how to care for those with dementia is limited.

2. Actions

  • We would want more members of the church to train as ‘dementia friends’.

    We are aware of how to deliver dementia friendly worship as part of the common life and worship of the church. We shall invite a Dementia Champion to train interested members of the congregation and local community who wish to be involved.


    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • We want to focus on supporting carers.

    We are developing a partnership with an experienced Advocate involved with dementia services.


    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Spiritual support for families living with dementia, and facilitating of support provided by others.

    As a local church we can offer specific worship tailored to the needs of those with dementia and their families. Our church and Centre provide a safe, friendly and inclusive environment for all i.e. those of all faiths and none.

    Initial Scoping

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New member