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Nexus Claremont Methodist Centre

We are part of Nexus Methodist Church, a Christian community seeeking to Know, Grow and Share the message of Christ's love. At Claremont, we have two goals; firstly to enable the community to run their own activities in a warm and hospitable environment and secondly, to run our own events, services and groups that enrich the life of those who attend.

15 April 2018
South West
Arts, Charity, Community organisations, Faith Groups, Other
Local Alliances:
Bath & North East Somerset

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?

Firstly, we are conscious that many members of our existing congregation either have dementia, are at increasing risk of dementia or care for someone with dementia. We want to serve those people better so they can continue to play a vital role in the life of our church, feel confident and comfortable in our community and so we can support carers in identifying problems as they arise. 

Secondly, we run groups and activities that we know could be helpful to people with dementia, they provide a safe and supportive space to engage in meaningful activity with opportunities to socialise and combat loneliness. These include a coffee morning, an arts group and informal church services. We feel our key role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia is in our provision and maintenance of a supportive community, particularly (but not exclusively) for those of faith who value Christian support when navigating a dementia diagnosis. 

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

Chiefly, the challenge for us is training and feeling equipped to offer support and a warm welcome to those with dementia, their carers and families. We would like everyone in our congregation to feel adequately trained to play a part in being a dementia friendly organisation but recognise it might be hard to engage everyone, particularly those who don't consider themselves "people persons!" We envisage it might be a long term commitment to train and enthuse all of our members, and our community partners.

2. Actions

  • Running a Dementia Friend's Session

    We are running a session, led by BANES DAA, on the 10th January 2018. This is open to all members of our congregation and our community partners.

    Being implemented
  • Maintaining a DAA Information Board

    We want information about dementia services and support in BANES to be clearly available to everyone who uses our building; both those who are members of our community and casual visitors. We will mount and maintain a board with current information on local groups and services and where to enquire for more detailed or specialised advice. We will also commit to keeping this updated, BANES DAA have offered to supply leaflets and we will actively look for other material.

    Being implemented
  • Rolling Programme of Building Improvements

    We are looking at improving our premises to make them more accessible to those with dementia. Those changes come under two headings, Immediate Changes and Future Changes (as building elements need replacing or upgrading).

    Immediate Changes

    - New signage for toilets

    - Ensure existing signs are in a clear font and format

    - New signage for navigating building 

    - Clearly mark our quiet room as available and accessible 

    - Evaluate our landmarks and look at improvements

    Future Changes

    -  Change patterned carpets in back corridors

    - Introduce contrast toilet seats, first in the accessible loo and then in the second set of toilets

    - Evaluate all lighting changes to make sure they avoid pools of bright light or areas of shadow

    We have already replaced carpet in our main hall and provide a quiet room, we have step free access throughout our main hall and reception area (which includes a unisex toilet and kitchenette) and seating is available on chairs in every room. 

    Being implemented