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St James the Deacon Church

St James the Deacon is a welcoming, friendly church serving God and the community in Woodthorpe, Acomb Park and Foxwood, along with parts of Dringhouses West and Acomb. We believe that we have a vital role to play in providing a centre for the parish/community. Our church hall provides an opportunity for you to join in not only our Christian worship in the church, but also one of the many activities that take place in the hall.

16 October 2017
Yorkshire and Humber
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
York 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?

St James the Deacon Church cares for everyone within the parish community, particularly those who are on their own and at risk of becoming isolated. We recognise that members of our congregation are affected by dementia and we want to be able to support them. 

We hold coffee mornings, fellowship groups and a weekly drop in. We also provide a space for community groups to come together, such as Alzheimer's Society Singing for the Brain and Dementia Yorkshire's themed activity sessions.

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

Our geographical location means that it is often difficult to reach all areas of the community. In addition, a lot of the work we do is reliant on volunteers. It can be difficult to give the time and work needed to maintain a good volunteer base. It is also often a challenge to raise dementia awareness amongst the younger people within the congregation.

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2. Actions

  • Supporting Local Organisations

    We provide a space for or community groups to come together, such as Alzheimer's Society Singing for the Brain and Dementia Yorkshire's themed activity sessions. We signpost members of our congregation to these groups if appropriate and help to spread awareness of them by advertising in our church magazine, on our website and on Facebook.

  • Fundraising and Awareness

    We invited local organisations to the summer fair to help them to raise money for their causes and to help to raise awarness of their work. Dementia Yorkshire was one of the charities this year. We plan to do repeat this next year.

  • Church Service in Care Home

    We deliver a church service for a local nursing home, Southpark. This means that those with dementia who are living within our community but cannot access church can still practice their faith.

  • Dementia Friends

    Some members of our parish are Dementia Friends and we plan to ask a Dementia Champion to deliver a session in church in the future.

    Planning, Completed