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City Centre Catholic Parish

St Edmund's and St Josephs are two inner city churches serving the Catholic Population of Central Southampton. There are 5 Masses over a weekend and we open our doors to students, families, young and old of many nationalities. We run a home care agency as well as EU welcome and provide a rent deposit scheme and a regular contribution to Southampton Food bank. We have a significant ageing population and we are keen to support all our parishioners physically, mentally and spiritually.

11 July 2017
South East
Businesses and shops, Care, Charity, Children Young People and Students, Education Sector, Faith Groups, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Schools, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Dementia Friendly Southampton (Southampton DAA)

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 City Centre Parish has a large congregation that includes older parishioners. The Paris is endeavouring to provide a caring and supportive environment where those with dementia and their carers feel welcomed and understood.

We will also endeavour to, wherever possible, connect our congregation with the wider community, providing lunch clubs with transport, home visits and information about other services available.

We want to enable everyone to feel that they belong and are valued.

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

Our environment could become more dementia friendly – we will seek advice on how to make this happen and include it in our action plan.

We aim to raise awareness of dementia to ensure all of our services, religious and otherwise, can be dementia friendly.

2. Actions

  • Raise awareness of dementia by becoming Dementia Friends

    We will make as many members of our team Dementia Friends as possible to ensure everyone has an understanding of dementia and how it can affect people.

    We will hold Dementia Friends sessions for members of the congregation and local community to attend.

  • Run Lunch clubs and activities that are dementia friendly

    We will continue to run lunch clubs, making them accessible to people with dementia. This will include making all those involved with their running Dementia Friends, providing drivers who are also Dementia Friends to facilitate any transport needs, and look into holding dementia friendly activities.

  • Home visits

    We will endeavour to visit members of the local community affected by dementia where desired and offer support in any way we can.

  • Environmental changes

    We will review the environment of the City Centre Parish and consider how it can become more dementia friendly. This will include considering a quiet place and redesigning signage.

    Initial Scoping