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Parish of St James the Great, Chapelthorpe

The Church of England parish of St James the Great Chapelthorpe is part of the Diocese of Leeds. The parish itself is situated approximately four miles southwest of Wakefield. Except for the large Kettlethorpe estate, most of the parish lies within the boundaries of Crigglestone Parish Council. The Parish has two churches, St James the Great and St John the Divine and comprises of eleven separate settlements rather than a single main centre. It has a varied physical character, from large ex council housing to private ‘executive homes. Recently there have been a number of new houses built utilising the easy access to motorways. Within the parish there are four infant schools and one high school. The area is ninety six percent white British and most would class themselves as working/middle class. The total population for the parish is 12,600 people because of this the parish is seen to be one of the largest in the Wakefield area.

Updated:
8 February 2019
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Wakefield and Five Towns Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?

The congregation is mainly over the age of sixty-five however there a small number of families who bring children to the church.  Within the wider community some people will only attend the churches for family events such as baptisms, weddings and funerals.  They may also attend church at specific times of the year mainly at Christmas (Christingle, Carol Services and Midnight Mass) and at Easter.  Even though attendance at church may not be considered as regular with the community, the churches still have a people referring to them as “their church”.  Therefore, in addition to supporting members of the congregation who may either have dementia or be a carer, the churches in the parish have a role in providing venues used by the wider community and a significant role in the life of the substantial part of the community who see them as being “their church”.       

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

To avoid:

a)         Possible closure of St John the Divine in Calder Grove.  The negative impact this will have on the congregation and the community as a whole.

b)         Perceptions of our involvement as being about self-interest using this as an opportunity to convert people, rather than an acknowledgement of our unique role in the wider community.

c)         To involve the congregation and utilise their own skills and for them to ‘own’ any initiatives that the parish may do with dementia.

2. Actions

  • Raising our own awareness

    To invite the Alzheimer’s Society to host a Dementia Friends Awareness session.  To create a Carers Café where they can have sometime for themselves, share best practice and have guest speakers advising them of the support available in the Wakefield area.

    Status:
    Planning

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Beginning to engage externally

    Join Wakefield DAA.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Reaching Out 1

    An open Dementia Friends training session to be at St James’ church in early 2017. This will be followed by an information gathering feedback session for people who want to be more involved in discussing how the church and local community can become dementia friendly. We may be able to set up a working party as a result of this.

    To promote our newly refurbished Diodge Harrison Suite which is situated upstairs in St James Church.  The room can be accessed by a stair lift for those who may have mobility concerns. The room can easily accommodate 20 people and consists of a small kitchen area, ceiling mounted projector and screen, DVD player, and music system.  There is also free Wi-Fi available.  Outside of the church there is plenty of parking on the lane with no restrictions.

    A visit is to be arranged with the Alzheimer’s Society to look specifically at the suitability of this room and the church in general for hosting dementia community events. The visit will give the ‘Society’ the opportunity to ask specific questions on what they have seen as well as building up an impression of our buildings and the local geography and the communities to which we serve. 

    Status:
    Planning

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Building Momentum

    Recruit Dementia Friends Champions, who can deliver Dementia Friends Sessions in the community when requested. Ensuring that the people who are wanting to be Champions are supported and that they also are aware of the commitment they will be undertaking.

    Status:
    Planning

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Practical Steps 1

    Set up a sub-group to look at physical access? See next action [6)] below.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Practical Steps 2

    Meeting involving myself [the vicar] the Alzheimer’s Society, and church wardens in identifying possible adaptations to make the church and rooms more dementia friendly.

    Status:
    Planning

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Reaching Out 2

    To create a place where carers themselves can come to have some quality time, to interact with each other, to share best practice as well meeting professionals who may give information on support groups, funding etc.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member