St Andrew's Roundhay United Reformed Church
We seek to: Tell the story of Jesus Christ; celebrate and share the love of God. We are a community church welcoming uniformed organisations and various other organisations that use our church premises. We have a thriving children and youth programme and a paid children and family worker and a strong ethos of pastoral care for all.
- 24 January 2018
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Faith Groups
- Local Alliances:
- Leeds 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?
We are active in the Dementia Friendly Roundhay initiative and have made contact with other local churches and non church organisations in the area during which we have met with people with dementia and their carers to find out what is good and what needs improving in Roundhay. We are in regular contact with members of our congregation and carers of members who have dementia and are involving them in changes that we can make and seeking better understanding and awareness. We want to make all our activities dementia aware so that those with dementia are not excluded.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
At the moment we are represented on a task force of the Dementia Friendly Roundhay Initiative. The paid worker finishes in June 2018. We need to make sure that we maintain the enthusiasm to make sure that Roundhay is Dementia Friendly in the future. We are already discussing this and there is agreement that the three covenanting Churches in Roundhay continue to work on this together.
There is a need to make sure that each member takes responsibility for this and not just the ones immediately involved in the present task group. We need to continue to provide local businesses and others with information on how to make themselves dementia friendly and more aware. This can only be achieved by keeping it at the top of our agenda.
We have held a dementia friendly awareness session where over 30 became dementia friends. We are advertising further awareness sessions in our covenanting church St Edmund’s Parish Church.
Dementia friendly signage in our buildings
We have had an environmental check and are going to improve our signage in our buildings with the needs of those with dementia in mind. We are also looking at our magazine, Church Notices and Service sheet to make them more accessible to those with dementia.
- Being implemented
Include Dementia information on our social media sites.
Provide an electronic link of the Guide to supporting people with dementia in the local church in our monthly magazine, church website and face book page and twitter and encourage discussion of how we can become more Dementia Friendly.