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St John the Evangelist Catholic Church

St John's is a Catholic Church with a history of over 150 years of Catholic faith. We have a great modern mission to bring the Gospel of Christ in the heart of vibrant city of Bath that has a multicutural and international character. Our beautiful church is an oasis of prayer and healing. Its doors are always open especially providing a welcome for all people in all situations.

Updated:
17 September 2019
Location:
South West
Sectors:
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Bath & North East Somerset

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?

As a Parish, we seek to be aware of the needs of those living with dementia in our community. The Church is at the heart of the community and as such we seek to lead the way and assist those living with Dementia in the community and their carers.  We seek to promote the inclusion of people with dementia and their carers in all aspects of parish life. We also seek to support those living in care homes who are unable to attend church.  We are able to send out Ministers of the Eucharist to bring Holy Communion each week to those who are unable to attend Mass or who are now resident in Care Homes. 

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

The challenges are identifying the people living with dementia that need our help and support.  We also have difficulties in reaching out to some of the care homes to ensure the spiritual needs of their residents are being catered for.

2. Actions

  • Create a welcoming environment

    We want people living with Dementia to be able to continue with their spiritual journey. We want to welcome people into the church. We will therefore be making the welcomers Dementia Friends and generally increasing the number of Dementia Friends within the church community.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Signage

    We understand the difficulties that poor signage can cause for people living with Dementia and therfore we will be reviewing our signage within the church and toilet areas.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Inclusive Mass

    We want people living with Dementia to be able to participate in and enjoy the mass.  We therefore think including at least one older hymn in the sunday mass will hopefully assist.

    Status:
    Being implemented