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St Oswalds Church

St Oswald's is a friendly and welcoming parish church, standing at the heart of Fulford village. We have a range of services and activities where we hope people of all ages and backgrounds can make themselves at home and be able to worship and grow in knowledge of God's love. The hope and vision of St Oswald's is to know God and to make him known to others. There's something for everyone here, and it's our hope that locals, and those passing by, of all ages, as well those with a connection to our community will find themselves at home in our church and at home with God. Whether that is in church or in The Village Cafe our community cafe, Noah’s Ark our playgroup, Youth Cafe for teenagers or Time Out our monthly group for elderly citizens

18 December 2017
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
York 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?

By reaching out to local people through The Village Cafe, Youth Cafe, Noah’s Ark playgroup and Time Out, we feel that we get to know people and form relationships so that we can support people with relatives or friends with dementia and those who themselves are developing dementia. By welcoming, including, accepting and supporting people as they are in ‘all their colours’, being alongside people, and ‘walking with them’ on their dementia journey we hope that we can offer a safe place where people can be listened to and cared for.  We aim to be ‘practical hands’ to help with visiting, shopping etc. as well as giving emotional support. Through The Villages Cafe’s involvement with Healthwatch York and the York Carers Forum we can also help to ‘sign post’ people to access help if needed. We also desire to become a dementia hub in our community in the South of York where people can receive love and help.

      We want to advertise our activities more within our community and to reach the lonely so those who are isolated can be invited to our regular activities and supported. We desire to get more volunteers to provide transportation via car or wheelchair to enable more people to access The Village Cafe and Time out if they can’t access it independently.

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

  • As a church our volunteers desire to reach out to help people and share God’s love but they do have busy lives, it is finding people who have the time and energy to help with ongoing group developments.
  • Ensuring that all volunteers involved in the groups have a good working understanding of dementia and how to help people.
  • Knowing how to find those who are lonely in the community and who would like a friendly place to access so they are not isolated.

2. Actions

  • To raise more awareness of being dementia friendly within our organisation and community

    We have completed our first dementia training session but want to spread this teaching further by having literature, leaflets, books, dementia friendly equipment etc available to borrow, within the church and at our outreach groups. We would also like dementia to be discussed  alongside planning in PCC, in talks, sermons, all groups, and through training sessions etc.  

  • To make our premises more dementia friendly

    To improve the signage in our building by including pictures on the signs as well as words.  For volunteers in our outreach groups to have name badges with prompt pictures as well as names. To ensure the colours in our toilets are dementia friendly.

  • Emergency action plan

    If someone comes into  our church or groups who is distressed and confused/lost, to have a plan which can be implemented by the volunteer so help and support can be achieved in the best way possible.   

  • To Increase awareness of both The Village Cafe and Time Out

    To help reduce lonelness and isolation in our local area we would like to promote our Cafe and Time Out group more. We would also like to introduce a Village Café session where transport and wheelchair pushers are available to help those who would find it difficult to get along