St Mary's Church Broadwater
Working together in the name of Jesus for the revitalisation of the church in Worthing and the transformation of lives.
- 29 August 2018
- South East
- Community organisations, Faith Groups
- Local Alliances:
- Worthing 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 aim to use our church buildings and volunteers to work in partnership with the local DAA to develop activities for people and their carers living with dementia such as dementia cafes, special dementia services (carols, Easter)
Hosting community events.
Ensure all our regular services are dementia friendly and that the congregation have an informed approach; regular Dementia Friends sessions open to public from church.
Supporting congregation members either early into diagnosis or in the challenging time before they are ready to be assessed.
Liaising with other churches both in the Deanery and ecumenically to support consistency across the town.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Potential hidden costs.
Difficulty selling the concept to those who do not feel it is relevant to them.
Engaging some leaders.
Time; busy Parish … would look to work closely with other organisations.
Rector Gaz Daly
Improve the understanding of dementia within our community and congregation.
Regular Dementia Friends sessions for staff, congregation and community.
Recruit at least 2 Dementia friends Champions from within the congregation.
All staff to become Dementia Friends.
Delivery of Dementia Friendly Services and activities.
Participation in the Worthing DAA and work with partners (including other churches in the Deanery) to develop activities within our community that complement and enhance what is already on offer locally.
Potential for a De Café and Dementia Friendly special services at perhaps Christmas and Easter.
Host 1 Dementia Friendly Worthing meeting a year.
Improve the pastoral support of our congregation members by knowing what help and support is available to them.
Close links with Carers Support west Sussex, Alzheimer's Society and Guild Care for example. Knowing what the church is able to do and when to seek additional help.