Holy Trinity Church
As a parish church, our prime objective is to love and serve in Christ’s name, and to make that name and Christ’s love and care for all known. And so the vision of Dementia Friendly Bradford sits very well with that. We would love to broaden our ministry in this area beyond our accessible and welcoming building, a general, understanding welcome and the Trinity Café: so that will hopefully include the provision of a Dementia Friendly Church Service. But already we can offer: • A trained Pastoral Care Team who are all ‘Dementia Friends’ and who visit and support the sick and lonely • Other church members who are ‘Dementia Friends’ and a Dementia Champion
- 5 December 2017
- South West
- Arts, Care, Charity, Community organisations, Faith Groups, Hospitality, Local DAA Members, Other, Social Care, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Bradford on Avon
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?
1. Holy Trinity has undergone a major transformation and building project. The needs of our disabled friends and those suffering from dementia and their carers – and the importance of welcoming them in – have been paramount in our thinking. So we can now offer…
A smooth path from the church gates and level access into the churchA light and welcoming atmosphere, and a warm church A church open all day every daySturdy oak seats, some with arms 3 toilets (all with contrasting colour seats) which are very easily accessible, and 1 fully disabled accessibleKitchen / refreshments facility
2. In partnership with Bradford Health Centre, Alzheimer’s Support and the Area Board, we hold the monthly Trinity Café which is open to those with dementia and their carers, and anyone who is elderly and would like some company, offering:
A smiling and friendly welcome from trained volunteers The informal and supportive presence of the Health Centre and Alzheimer’s Support Home-made cakes, sandwiches and freshly brewed tea and coffeeAttractive tables with table-cloths and flowersLots of chat and fun - meeting old friends and new – an understanding atmosphere where people can relaxA monthly activity – eg bulb planting, singing, crafts
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
People suffering from dementia will always be a minority group and so there will inevitably be challenges for the majority, especially where they are lacking in understanding and information. And we perhaps face challenges in attracting people through the doors who are not used to a church.
But as a church, we are well set up to love and serve everyone.
Trinity Cafe development
This was a new venture in Autumn 2017, and so in 2018 the plan is that Holy Trinity takes over responsibility from the Health Centre. And it would be good to see it develop and grow in the light of the wishes of the people with dementia and carers who come along.
- Being implemented
Dementia Friendly Building
Holy Trinity has just undergone a major transformation and building project. The needs of our disabled friends and those with dementia and their carers – and the importance of welcoming them in – have been paramount in our thinking (even though this led to some differences of opinion with the heritage bodies!). And in a town where the pavements are so bumpy, and so many building entrances have steps, we felt that this was an important contribution. So we can now offer…
A smooth path from the church gates and level access into the church; A light and welcoming atmosphere, and a church which is always warm; A church which is open all day every day; Sturdy oak seats, some with arms; 3 toilets (all with contrasting colour seats) which are very easily accessible, and 1 which is fully disabled accessible; Kitchen / refreshments facility
Dementia Friendly Church Services
We would hope to develop 'tailor made' occasional church services for people with dementia. These would need to be well-advertised and be very simple, traditional and user-friendly - and with good music and plenty of audience participation.