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Okeford Benefice

A group of five Anglican Churches Committed to worship together to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, in both word and service.

24 May 2019
South West
Faith Groups, Local DAA Members
Local Alliances:
Blandford Dementia Action Alliance, Dorset Dementia Friendly Churches

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?

It is our wish to work together to ensure that those of our congregations living with dementia are supported, and continue to be able to come to church. To support their carers and enable them to feel heard and valued also.

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

At present there are some issues around understanding and awareness. Mostly there are issues of accessibility, currently only one of the six church spaces we can use is accessible and this is a hall, not one of the churches. We hope to be able to reorder the churches, but funding remains an issue.

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2. Actions

  • To continue to offer Dementia friendly services.

    We want to build on the success of our first service and continue to offer a warm welcome, and a supportive environment and accessible and meaningful worship.   

    This is a continuing project and it is thriving with at least 10 people with dementia and their carers attending, with services being held four times per year.

  • We wish to incorperate good practice into our reordering project.

    We have an opportunity with one of the churches to reorder the inside layout. We want to be as informed as possible in dementia awareness to ensure the space is as accessible as possible, and to be able to offer further outreach to those living with dementia.

    This is going to tender in January 2020.

  • To increase awareness and understanding of dementia by having dementia awareness training with members of the church.

    During the PCCs meet together and business meeting, this would be an ideal opportunity to have dementia awareness training, to remind key members of the church of the need to engage in social interaction.  This will need to be repeated for new PCC members.

    Being implemented