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Chelmsford Cathedral

An organisation which is striving to be : • A thriving, outward facing community • The church of the Bishop of Chelmsford • A Cathedral shaped by worship • A public/cultural space

11 October 2016
East of England, London
Faith Groups, Care, Communication, Hospitality, Recreation, Local Authorities, Education Sector
Local Alliances:
Chelmsford 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?

Through the role of the Vice Dean and Canon Pastor to ensure that the Cathedral is the place of choice and reference point for people wishing to understand and benefit from the relationships between faith and spirituality and mental health issues, including issues surrounding dementia and its care and management, both in the Diocese of Chelmsford and in the local and wider communities. In addition, to ensure that that process encompasses as far as possible all faiths and none. To ensure that the Cathedral, as part of its local and national vocation is a place of welcome for all and offers encouraging, non-discriminatory space for all seeking its sanctuary and ministry.

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

Maintaining and developing the partnerships developed between the Cathedral and those living with dementia and other mental health issues and the voluntary and statutory services, and maintaining the credibility of the Cathedral as a faith community with something positive and affirming to offer.

2. Actions

  • To stage a county wide conference at the Cathedral called ‘Spirituality and Dementia’ in April 2017

    The conference will invite a wide cross-section of the voluntary and statutory bodies who interact with issues around living with dementia, including those experiencing dementia and carers. The conference will aim to provide education and greater understanding of this subject, as well as the condition itself, and will also provide a ‘showcase’ for different individuals and organisations to advertise their services and offers of help for those living with dementia and their carers.

  • To examine how the Cathedral can be more dementia friendly through its environment

    To look at and where possible and appropriate implement recommendations from organisations like DAA and Dementia Friends to make the environment of the Cathedral more user friendly for people living with dementia, not only members of the regular congregation, but the many members of the public who come through its doors to visit.

    Initial Scoping
  • To raise awareness through education and training opportunities for the 400+ volunteers at the Cathedral

    Not only to challenge stigma, misunderstanding and fear about dementia, but to equip volunteers who regularly interact with the public with knowledge and insight about those living with dementia and to enable them to work with particular visitors with sensitivity and understanding. To utilise the regular training opportunities provided for our volunteers to engage with the issues.