Trinity Methodist Church
The Methodist Church is a worldwide Christian Protestant Church. There are about 300,000 Methodists in the UK and over 6,000 churches/chapels. There are over 70 million Methodists worldwide and the Methodist Church is growing by a million members annually. Four aims of Methodists Methodism's activities, both alone and with ecumenical and secular partners, are based on four aims known as Our Calling: • To increase awareness of God's presence and to celebrate God's love • To help people to grow and learn as Christians through mutual support and care • To be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice • To make more followers of Jesus Christ. At our worship meetings, we are passionate about creating relevant environments where people of all ages and experiences can learn what it means to follow Jesus. We seek to present the ageless truths of the Bible in a compelling, easy-to-understand way.
- 26 March 2019
- West Midlands
- Faith Groups, Charity
- Local Alliances:
- Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Dementia Action Alliance, South Staffordshire 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 church’s role is to support, educate, accommodate and provide a welcoming, compassionate, safe and inclusive environment for everyone.
Making the church welcoming and practical for those who live with dementia; Providing an environment in which people can continue to worship, wherever they are in their Christian journey; Increasing awareness and understanding; Educating the church community as to what dementia is; Seeking to change the culture of the church community; Providing support for those who care for or live with dementia. Working in the community to increase understanding about dementia.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We have a wide range of people using the premises, with varying degrees of understanding about dementia. People’s personal experiences of dementia are different, and therefore responding to perceived needs may not be consistent. Offering services for everyone ALL of the time is challenging. Making all of the wide variety of groups held at the premises accessible is also challenging. Manpower to maintain education and information - Most people are volunteers, with different volunteers each week. Time constraints to keep everyone informed and up to date. Some people may not see it as relevant to them.
To improve the internal and external environment of the church building
To identify and where possible and appropriate, change the signage, furnishings, etc., to make the building more identifiable, accessible, understandable and less confusing, for those living with dementia.
2017 - Fourth Quarter Update
New matting put down in the entrance to the church, with a change of colour to aid visual perception. Orders of Service have been adapted to include visual aids.
2017 - Third Quarter Update
New signage has been put around the church and community centre, internally and externally, to increase accessibility and awareness throughout the building
To improve the understanding and awareness of those in leadership roles
To offer information and/or training sessions annually for those who hold key roles, such as staff, group leaders, stewards, pastoral visitors and those on the welcome team. To put on the Church Council Agenda at least once a year for formal reflection and discussion about the Action Plan. To work with other churches in the nearby vicinity, and support each other in enabling our churches to become more dementia friendly.
2017 - Fourth Quarter Update
Two training sessions have been held for those who hold "front of house" positions, including volunteers, layworkers, welcome team, groups leaders, etc. to increase awareness and understanding. These were extended to other churches in the area and district.
2017 - Third Quarter Update
Work between churches was reported to the quarterly ecumenical meetings.
2017 - Second Quarter Update
An ecumenical presentation was made at the local council conference about dementia. A stand was held hosted by all the local churches, for the public to attend.
To work towards raising general awareness in the congregation
To offer dementia awareness sessions within the church services and other church groups. To encourage fellowship groups to include inviting speakers to talk about dementia. To keep members up to date through regular notices and in the church magazine (Link). To offer a further dementia friends information session. To regularly include those living with dementia and their carers and families in prayer time.
2018 - First Quarter UpdateA "case study" was presented to the Church Council about one of the congregation and her carer, about the effect of dementia on their lives and what support would be helpful
To introduce "Passports to the World of" to all of the congregationTo design an appropriate form which encourages all of the congregation to complete information about their lives and their spiritual development. To encourage the completion of forms which will assist others in knowing how to be with people who may not be able to articulate their needs, likes, etc., either through dementia, memory loss, communication problems eg through strokes, or other ailments. To encourage completion in order to be able to plan services which are meaningful for participants. To integrate the Passports into Pastoral visits, in order to help these to be personal and meaningful. To include an article in the church magazine and website and the Passports.
To research and develop an information pack about local services and help available for those living with dementia and their carers.
To identify local resources, in order to be able to signpost people to the relevant agency according to their needs.
To include local care homes, day services, financial advisors, dementia friendly resources, etc.