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Warwick Road United Reformed Church

A city centre church open 6 days a week providing services especially for older people and those with learning difficulties, including twice weekly lunch club, chair based activities, film club, Soul Space, Alpha, Poetry Cafe. We have close working links with Age UK, hosting Friendship Groups, Widows Groups. Church volunteers have undertaken Dementia Friends initiatives and the Church has been recently been inspected by the URC Advocate for Dementia Friendly Churches. The Church also hosts major arts and music events in the city. We have identified that the number of people using the church and centre living with dementia is increasing and want find more ways of serving the community.

1 March 2018
West Midlands
Arts, Care, Charity, Children Young People and Students, Community organisations, Faith Groups, Health, Recreation, Social Care, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Coventry and Warwickshire 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?

Ensuring buildings are dementia friendly and all volunteers are offered training in Dementia awareness through Dementia Friends alongside increasing awareness in issues surrounding Vulnerable Adults. 

Working towards enabling dementia friendly worship services and signposting relevant information for carers and those living with dementia.

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

Busting myths and raising true awareness of the issues involved.

Finding suitable volunteers from an already aging congregation.

Resources to enable the provision of services.

Member website


2. Actions

  • All Elders of church becoming Dementia Friends

    Liaise with the Alzheimer's Society to bring in Dementia Friends Champion

    Being implemented

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Building into the culture of the church dementia awareness

    Every agenda at Church and Elders Meetings will include an item on Dementia Awareness.

    Being implemented

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Receipt of initial information pack from Synod Advocate for Dementia Friendly Churches on types of dementia

    Finding ways of familiarising, processing and distributing information to Elders and pastoral care providers


    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member