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All Saints Church Evesham

All Saints Church is an active Anglican church in the centre of the market town of Evesham, Worcestershire. It is part of the Diocese of Worcester and participates in the Churches Together in Evesham initiative.

22 March 2018
West Midlands
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Evesham 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?

We are an Anglican Church and are contributing to the national agenda through the Church of England as part of the Diocese of Worcester. We affirm the value of all people and believe that to love one another we need to be present for one another.

We are working locally to raise awareness of this condition through the promotion of “Dementia Friends” sessions and are active partners in the local Dementia Action Alliance whose aim is to make Evesham a dementia friendly community so that people living with dementia feel a valued part of community and civic life.

As a church we are aware of the need to support both our local community and members of our congregation who have developed dementia. We aim to offer pastoral care and support for people living with dementia and their friends and families so that they do not feel isolated but feel confident and are empowered to participate in activities that are meaningful to them.

As an active, open church we are at the centre of the town and display the details of dementia specific local support groups as well as general information and prayers that people may take away. We aim to show that we acknowledge the pressures on people living with this condition and recognise the importance of access to helpful information.

In particular we aim to be companions on the journey of faith by facilitating access to the church environment, and by enabling participation in the worship and fellowship that is part of church life.

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

Limited number of people to support pastoral care in the community for the housebound.

Lack of understanding regarding the impact of dementia and the most helpful ways to support people living with the condition.

An old building with environmental constraints. 

2. Actions

  • Using the dementia friendly environment check list we will look at our church facilities and work towards making it more accessible within the current environmental and financial constraints

    Complete audit review of signage and colour of doorways. Review order of service leaflets and provision of fiddle pinnies


    2018 - First Quarter Update

    We have completed the audit and changed our signage and environment to be more accessible and less confusing for people living with dementia.

    We have fiddle pinnies and blankets available.

    We have a loop system to assist people who are deaf and have some large print service sheets.

    We intend to continue to review the service sheets to ensure they are as clear and accessible as possible.

  • The Church will be active in raising awareness of the needs of people living with dementia

    • A Member of the PCC will act as a Dementia/Disability champion and train to become a Dementia Champion.
    • We will actively support the Local Dementia Action Alliance and participate in events that raise awareness and promote inclusion to achieve a dementia friendly community.
    • We will run Dementia Friends sessions and encourage our staff, volunteers and congregation to attend.
    • Display Board with local information and support networks.
    Being implemented

    2018 - First Quarter Update

    A Dementia Champion is a PCC (Parochial Church Council) member and several members of the PCC and the congregation have become Dementia Friends. We are planning a second awareness raising meeting with DF session after Easter. We have maintained and updated an information board containing local support information for people living with dementia in the Church. We participate in the work of the local Dementia Action Alliance by attending the meetings and promoting awareness.

  • Provide a regular opportunity for fellowship support and worship specifically for people living with dementia

    • Development of weekly Tea Service.      Informal short worship in café style with music and opportunities to chat and offer support.
    • Cascade information about the service to reach different areas groups and churches.
    • Make connections with local churches and organisations that could support the Service.
    • Review with the participants to ensure their voices are heard in planning and the content of the service.

    2018 - First Quarter Update

    We are working with other churches in Evesham to meet the needs of people living with dementia in their service planning. We have been running the "Tea Service" every Friday afternoon (2-3 pm) in All Saints Church with the support of Churches Together. This offers companionship, conversation, tea and cake, based around a weekly theme. As part of the afternoon there is a short ecumenical service which consists of well known songs or hymns, prayers and a short reflection on the theme . We have formally consulted with people attending on two occasions and have also been guided informally by people attending on many occasions so that we can ensure we are providing the support and activities that people value.

  • Regular visits to people at home and provision of services to nursing homes

    Provide regular services for people living in nursing homes. Develop a pastoral support team with an understanding of dementia to offer home visits and prayers when people are unable to access alternative services or are isolated.


    2018 - First Quarter Update

    This activity has been implemented and there are now 3 local Nursing homes that are provided with a monthly service suitable for people living with cognitive and physical impairment.

    2 members of All Saints Church Congregation have become pastoral care Authorised Lay Ministers and dementia friends so that they can offer appropriate pastoral visits to the persons home as required.