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West Orchard United Reformed Church

West Orchard URC is a suburban church, which has 100 or so members,and is well known within the local community. We have good halls with a well equipped kitchen and other facilities that support local organisations and activities for all ages. We estimate that over 300 people use the church per week currently, either for groups that meet or worship. We work in partnership with other local organisations. We seek to provide rewarding and positive activities for people in our local community and from surrounding areas.

3 October 2018
West Midlands
Care, Charity, Children Young People and Students, Community organisations, Faith Groups, Health, Membership Organisations, Recreation, 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 aging congregation.

Resources to enable the provision of services.

2. Actions

  • Aiming that all elders of the church become Dementia Friends

    Liaise with Alzheimer's Society to bring in Dementia Friends Champion to run Dementia Friends sessions.

    Being implemented

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Building dementia awareness into the culture of the church

    Every agenda at Church and Elder's Meetings will include an item on Dementia Awareness.

    Being implemented

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Production of Information Pack on different types of Dementia

    Produce a pack that can be distributed amongst West Orchard membership and user groups,plus the wider church, to help people who both come into contact with People Living with Dementia and those who might in the future.

    Being implemented

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member