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The Minster Church of St Andrew.

We have a heart for each other. Belonging to a church is a bit like belonging to a family-it's a place to love and be loved. Although St Andrew's has a staff team, the vast majority of things that happen at St Andrew's, happens because of the living faith of our church members. We have a heart for Plymouth and beyond. St Andrews's is located in the heart of Plymouth. We love this city and it is our desire to serve its people as best we can. it is our pleasure to host city and civic events, we enjoy serving the community with things like the soup run, and most of all we love to help people get to grips with Christ.

10 August 2017
Local Alliances:
Plymouth 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 role of the Minster Church of St Andrew in supporting people living with dementia and their carers is clear.

1. Awareness Raising: We would support the raising of awareness across the churches in the city of Plymouth. In our role as Minster church we would take all opportunities to influence the way in which churches welcome individuals living with dementia and their carers. this would include using our voice to raise the issue in the Deanery Synod as well as in conversations with other parishes in the city.

St Andrew's would also use its voice in the wider Church of England to raise the issue of dementia and the impact that it can have on people's lives both for those living with dementia and their carers.

2. Sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life: At St Andrew's we want all members of the church to feel valued and be a part of the church family life. To achieve this we will review how we can change our current services to become more aware of how people living with dementia feel and how they can be best supported to continue to be a full and active member of the church.


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

The biggest challenge will be to develop an improved understanding of what it really feels like to live with dementia and to overcome preconceived ideas. We would want people to feel valued and able to meaningfully contribute to the life and work of the church.

To achieve this we will need to develop a shared understanding of the need and develop a shared action plan to achieve our goals.

2. Actions

  • Join the Plymouth Dementia Friendly Community.

    By joining the local Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance, it will be possible to understand the best role that St Andrew's can take. We will develop our understanding of where the gaps are and how we can take a meaningful role in delivering support where it is required.

    Initial Scoping
  • Running some awareness raising events.

    Following on from the previous action, plan and organise a short series of awareness raising events across the whole of the church family. The planning and delivery of these events would be the responsibility of the working group and would form part of the overall review work for becoming a dementia friendly church.

  • Review all services to consider how they can become dementia friendly.

    With guidance, review the current services to determine any potential changes that can be made to make them more dementia friendly.

    The review would be undertaken by the working group and would draw together recommendations for changes to be brought back to PCC (Plymouth City Council) for consideration and implementation.

    Initial Scoping