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Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish serves the needs of the Catholic community in Silsden, Steeton, Eastburn, Glusburn, Sutton-in-Craven, Cross Hills, Cowling, Bradley, Cononley, and Farnhill since 1920. The Church and Parish centre is situated in Silsden. Our Parish aims to be a community of welcome, prayer, love and support for all. At the heart of everything that we do is our relationship with Jesus and our response to the Good News of the Gospel to bring Christ’s peace, healing and hope to everyone whom we meet.

27 June 2017
Yorkshire and Humber
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Bradford District 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?

At present we hold an Embrace Friendship group meeting once a month with different activities and entertainment. This offers a safe environment to meet, to enjoy each others company. We hope and plan to extend the frequency on these meetings and to include those with dementia, the families and carers.

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

The first challenge is getting more volunteers from the parish: if we had more trained volunteers it would enable us to get together more frequently: offering more specific care and dementia events.

Secondly we have the challenge of identifying the people living with dementia that need our help and support.  We also have difficulties in reaching out to some of the care homes to ensure the spiritual needs of their residents are being catered for.

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2. Actions

  • Training

    The Catholic Churches in this area are in the process of offering training to the parishes in the following areas:

    How to associate with and help those with dementia: using the facilities of Dementia Friendly Keighley.

    First Aid Training: is being offered to those volunteers who wish to be involved.

    Training in Health and Safety: is also being offered to those volunteers who wish to be involved.

    Safeguarding: All parish volunteers especially those visiting individuals with dementia in their homes are required to go through the Diocesan Safeguarding process.

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  • Creating the correct environment

    We will carry out a Dementia Audit of signage, communal spaces and access points. To ensure that the Church environment is dementia friendly and easily accessible, we will identify improvements and implement these improvements where/when possible. We will endeavour to ensure that before any changes are made that they are dementia friendly.

    Better toilet facilities:

    Better signage: We understand the difficulties that poor signage can cause for people living with Dementia and therefore we will be reviewing our signage within the church and toilet areas.

    Being inclusive at our Services:  We want people living with Dementia to be able to participate in and enjoy all our services, especially the mass.  We therefore think including at least one older hymn in the Sunday mass will hopefully assist. The possibility of a quiet Mass on a weekday is being examined this being followed by tea/coffee and snacks in our community room.

  • Recognising that some people willnot want to leave their own homes

    Taking this into consideration we are reflection on the possibility of the making use of our extra-ordination ministers of Holy Communion to visit those in our community who are housebound or are in care homes. The care of the elderly especially those stuck in the confines of their own home due to disability, illness and dementia is a priority in terms of the Church’s pastoral and spiritual care and we seek to promote the inclusion of all people.

     Our Health & Safety Officer and our Safeguarding Officer are examining what changes we need to make to ensure that we reach the best standard we can offer.


    Being implemented