Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not is a support group for people living with Dementia and their carers that meets fortnightly at Loughborough Baptist Church. Carers are given time to relax, talk, share experiences and support one another whilst those living with Dementia can join in with activities tailored to their individual needs and interests. Our aim is to create positive feelings for all, carers, people living with dementia and those volunteering whilst attempting to realise the ideal that it is possible to live well with Dementia.

3 March 2017
East Midlands
Local Alliances:
Charnwood 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?

Forget Me Not is an organisation within Loughborough Baptist Church. As a whole the church is aiming to provide a dementia friendly environment where people living with dementia will feel welcomed, supported and have a sense of belonging. We are working to achieve this by encouraging church members, volunteers and people who use the church building to become dementia friends, giving them a better understanding of how they can assist and make life easier for people with dementia. Forget Me Not sessions are specifically designed to cater to the needs of carers and people with dementia. Pastoral support is provided to people in their own homes and those who are living in residential care on a regular basis to maintain connection with the church particularly when they are are no longer able to get out. We are currently exploring the idea of tailoring regular worship for those with dementia, which will hopefully help to maintain people living with dementia's faith in an environment where they will feel valued.

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

Making people aware and giving them the confidence to attend and join in with dementia friendly activities. Ensuring our volunteers are well trained and are able to respond well to the needs of carers and people living with dementia. Making the whole building dementia friendly.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends

    To make Dementia Friends of as many people as possible who use the church building.

    Being implemented

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    we have currently held 4 dementia friends sessions within the church, 3 with mostly adults in attendance and 1 session for Brownies aged between 7-10 .We have approximately 60 dementia friends from these sessions.

  • Dementia Friendly Building

    To make the church a dementia friendly environment

    Initial Scoping

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    New Member

  • To establish dementia friendly worship

    We aim to have a specific service which aims to be dementia friendly on a regular basis

    Being implemented

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Our first dementia friendly service took place in February 2017, further services are planned for the third sunday of each month at 4p.m

  • support those living with dementia and their carers

    Through our Forget Me Not group which is held on a fortnightly basis we aim to support people in Charnwood who are living with dementia and their carers. We do this by giving the carers an opportunity to relax, talk and share experiences whilst their loved ones can participate in meaningful activities tailored to suit their needs and interests.

    Being implemented

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Forget Me Not meets fortnightly, regular members benefit from the suppport of each other as well as the volunteers. Those living with dementia join in with activites that aim at making them feel that they are able and capable whilst having fun