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St Luke's Church

St Luke’s is an Anglican Church close to the centre of York. We are a worshipping community with daily services with a range of community activities in the church hall. More information is available at our website www.stlukesyork.org

25 July 2017
Yorkshire and Humber
Faith Groups, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
York Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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 a local church and support people in our congregation to participate in regular Christian worship. We have also started a new dementia service on a monthly basis which is advertised through the York Dementia Action Alliance, and attracts around 30 people to attend.

We plan to support our regular congregation of around 80 people and their families to access Dementia Friends training and further support for anyone doing home visiting. Our congregation work in a range of sectors and the church therefore supports a wide audience.

In addition to daily worship we also visit people at home, and in sheltered housing schemes or care homes on a voluntary basis. We have a weekly club for older people who wish to play bingo and are setting up a new community café for local people.

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

As an organisation run mainly by volunteers, any new initiatives are dependent on people’s time and energy. Implementation of new ideas therefore can take some time to complete.

For people with dementia and their carers to get to our Forget-me-not church, the main issue is to ensure we can provide a regular service which becomes part of the monthly routine for those who wish to attend. It is also hard for someone with dementia to come unaccompanied, and it therefore depends on the availability of family and friends to come along as well.

Member website


2. Actions

  • We will review the Forget-me-not church service and access issues on an ongoing basis

    We have started a “forget-me-not”service in January 2017 and are learning about what works. We hope to attract more people as the service becomes more well-known and improve so we can provide high-quality music, singing and worship experience for all attending. We will review how people experience the building and church hall and invest in new signage.

    Being implemented
  • Developing dementia friendly church communities in York.

    We will host training or a conference about dementia friendly church communities to share learning from our Forget me Not service and adaptations and support people wishing to visit someone with dementia at home.

    Initial Scoping
  • Raising Awareness about Dementia

    We have promoted Dementia Friends training through our Facebook page and will run training sessions for our congregation and others interested in York. As members of the Dementia Action Alliance we will use the DAA logo to promote our involvement on our website.

    Being implemented