Grove Methodist Church

We are a large Methodist Church with an ageing congregation. Worship attracts middle aged to elderly. Good community involvement with weekly luncheon club and social groups during the week for a variety of ages and interests.We have very active scouting and Guiding throughout the week on our premises.

2 October 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 would want to offer a sensitive, caring and supportive environment.

This would be seen in worship on Sundays as well as ongoing group activities during the week. These include coffee morning, luncheon club, and fellowship groups.We already have a quiet prayer room but it is a little 'off the beaten track' of our building complex. We are looking to establish a quiet corner in the main church for use whenever the building is open.

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

With an ageing congregation (mainly retirement age group through to 70 /80 year bracket) there is the need to share collective experience of ageing with input from, say Dementia Champions , as to objective patterns of dementia and how they can be supported.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Champion to deliver Friends awareness material

    As a Dementia Champion and will be offering Friends sessions to older members  and scouting /guiding young people who meet weekly on our premises.

    Being implemented
  • To use the young people's material and get the dementia awareness message to scouting/guiding groups

    To extend dementia awareness to our active church-sponsored scouting and guiding groups serving the 5 - 17 year age bracket.