St Stephens Church Hightown

St Stephen’s Church provides a place for our Community to worship, a place to learn and feel God’s love and grow in faith. St Stephen’s also holds social events and specialist groups for our community

Updated:
8 September 2016
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Sefton DAA

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 Stephen’s Church can support our community through the set up of an all faith/non faith Carer's Group. 

This group would meet monthly to offer Carers the opportunity to gain information, signposting to other support services, access to benefit advice and provide the opportunity for Carers to meet and share experiences with others coping with similar issues and anxieties. 

The group would offer Carers a safe non judgemental place to meet and help to resolve the isolation that can become part of being a Carer.

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

At St Stephens Church we have come up with a few challenges we think are pertinent:

  • Dementia still carries a stigma, therefore, it  is sometimes hard for people to accept support or even realise that support is required.
  •  The journey with Dementia is often unknown until it touches YOU!
  • Information and knowledge are only gained at the same time as dealing with the situation or crisis as it happens.
  • This is particularly so for Carers who often need urgent knowledge and support about what is available.
  • Raising Dementia Awareness into our daily lives and Community to avoid stigma and isolation.
  • Gaining access to Carers who need the support and give encouragement to join the Support Group.

2. Actions

  • Deliver training to all parochial church council members

    Our Dementia Lead will organise a dementia awareness raising session to include Dementia Friends and a presentation from a Carer.

    This will help us ensure a greater understanding of dementia and how we, as a Church, can support our Community

    Status:
    Planning

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    Sep 2016 - New member

  • Set up a carers support group

    We hope a support group will allow a safe, non judgemental and local point for Carers in the community to meet in a familiar setting and gain relevant information, signposting to other support services and the opportunity to share/meet with other Carers. 

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    Sep 2016 - New member 

  • Join and actively take part in our local Dementia Action Alliance - Sefton

    The Dementia Lead for St Stephen’s Church or a representative will attend DAA meetings where possible, thus ensuring our active commitment to making a more dementia friendly church and local community.

     

     

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    Sep 2016 - New member