Burniston Methodist Church

We are a church “Worshipping God in a rural village on the coastal edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, part of the North Yorkshire Coast Methodist Circuit.” Sunday Services offer 3 different styles of worship. Other activities include Home Groups, Boys Brigade, Toddler Group, Singing Group for under 5’s, Craft group, Jewellery Group and Coffee Stop serving drinks and home made baking. All are welcome. We provide pastoral care for people associated with our church. We care about our community on a local, national and international level responding to those in serious difficulties through giving and fund raising. We hope that our regulars, visitors and those we visit living with dementia will be able to have a positive experience. We are open to and value suggestions and feedback.

26 September 2017
Yorkshire and Humber
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Scarborough 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 can be a place where people living with dementia, their family and carers can feel welcome and part of our community. We can provide a space where people are not pressured and where they are valued.            

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

As a church we need to raise awareness among our members of exactly what dementia is and the needs of people living with dementia

2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of Dementia

    We plan to run a “Dementia Friends” session that will be open to all interested people to raise awareness of the types of dementia and help those attending to understand and relate better to people living with dementia and their carers.

  • Identify the things we are already doing and the areas we need to develop in order that what we do as “Church” becomes a positive experience for people living with dementia.

    We will be completing a Liveability Dementia Friendly Health Check  to identify where we are now and identify actions we need to take to improve.

  • Make our environment more dementia friendly

    Starting with simple measures identified in the “Health Check” make changes to the environment so that it becomes more dementia friendly.