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Shoeburyness and Thorpe Bay Baptist Church

We are a Baptist Church with approx 300 members. We are a lively community church located in South East essex. We have activities for children, youth, adults and seniors including a Lunch club, Saturday club for seniors, Tea @3 and Cine Shoebury. We have an annual holiday club for children and Holiday at home for seniors

18 July 2018
East of England
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Southend, Castle Point and Rochford 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?

We wish to be a welcoming Church for those with Dementia and supportive to them and their carers to enable them to feel valued and understood.  We wish to enable our members to attend dementia friends information sessions to give us the knowledge of dementia necessary to do this.  We wish to design our buildings to be dementia friendly.  We have various community groups that also use our building including U3A, counselling groups, the local Police hold meetings, local schools use the buildings and we have Little Fishes nursery.  We have our own activities for seniors, youth and children.  

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

The members of the church need to understand about dementia and attend information sessions.  We have one session booked for 22nd August and are hoping for a good turnout.  We need to examine our buildings and ensure they are dementia friendly with appropriate signage/colour schemes etc.


Member website


2. Actions

  • Education for members Appropriate signage Check building for suitability of chairs, colour schemes etc

    Provide information sessions for members.  Parish nurse is a trained dementia champion.  First session is 22/8/17. Update:  I have completed 3 Dementia Friends sessions so far and will be continuing to run them periodically at the church.  I hope to involve the local community as well.

    To look into appropriate signage for those with dementia and apply to the building. Update:  We are continuing to look into signage.  There has been a delay as we have totally redecorated our sanctuary. See below.

    To remove any items which would be confusing to those with dementia and replace with items which are suitable.  To paint/decorate areas that are necessary in appropriate colours. Update:  Following advice we have redecorated our main sanctuary and is is dementia friendly with contrasting colour chairs and carpet and steps clearly defined. Our disabled toilet is sufficiently large to accommodate a carer as well as a user.  We have a Saturday club for the elderly which is also suitable for people with dementia and their carers.  Also we have a monthly lunch club and Tea @ 3 and on 6th August we run Holiday at Home on Mon, Wed and Friday which is also suitable for people with dementia and their carers. 

    I am a Parish Nurse and I visit people with dementia who self refer or from the local NHS services such as complex care.  I have set up a local Befriending Service.



    2018 - Third Quarter Update

    I have run 3 Dementia Friends sessions at the church.  

    We have redecorated the sanctuary and it is now dementia friendly.

    Our disabled toilet is suitable for a person with dementia and their carer.

    We run a Sat club for the elderly with transport, Tea @ 3 monthly, Lunch club monthly and Holiday at Home (starts 6th August 2018) which is also suitable for those with dementia and their carer.

    I am Parish Nurse and receive referrals from the NHS such as complex care and visit those with dementia.  I have set up a Befriending scheme for Shoeburyness/Thorpe Bay and my Befrienders also visit those with dementia fortnightly.