Drighlington Methodist Church
Drighlington Methodist Church is part of the North Kirklees and Morley Methodist Circuit. We are a friendly Church and have a range of activities for people of all ages every day of the week. We are an inclusive, welcoming Church which reaches out into the community and are committed to becoming a dementia friendly church. We seek to serve everyone regardless of their needs or abilities.
- 15 May 2018
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Local Alliances:
- Leeds 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 care for the people in our community in many ways, we would like to include people living with Dementia. Our Minister, volunteers, church stewards and members of the congregation are committed to ensuring that people living with dementia and their carers feel welcomed, valued and supported at every part of our Church operation. We intend adding a memory café as part of our outreach to the Foodbank, coffee pot drop in, Girls brigade, games afternoon etc. to cover every need in the community.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We recognise that being a dementia friendly church is an ongoing process and that however well we might think we are doing, we will always be able to learn and do more. We may need to alter small parts of our premises and train our members to better understand people living with Dementia and their needs.
Appoint a dementia friends champion to train our ministerial team, stewards, pastoral visitors etc, to become dementia friends
We will hold regular Dementia Friends information sessions to enable all our pastoral visitors, stewards, welcomers etc., every person who is public facing to become a Dementia friend giving then a better understanding of peoples difficulties and needs.
Adapt our building to become dementia friendly
We will undertake an audit of our buildings and implement the necessary adaptions as part of our Church maintenance programme. We are committed to becoming a Dementia Friendly Church.
Extend our cafe facilities to include a Memory Cafe
Our memory café will be particularly aimed at giving people living with dementia a safe, friendly and welcoming place to visit.
We are starting a memory café to meet once a month with games, music, books, old pictures of the village etc where people can take part or just sit and talk with over a cuppa, giving carers a welcome respite from their heavy load. We will offer a safe and friendly environment that will meet the 2nd Friday of each month from 1.30pm – 3.30pm starting on May 12th
2017 - Second Quarter Update
We have successfully held our first dementia cafe with over 30 people attending. This will be run every 2nd Friday of the month.