Christ Church (Anglican Church) Beckenham
Our vision is to be a church where we are Sharing Life, Loving Beckenham which means we are here to help you to find God, grow in relationship with Him, share life with those around you and impact the town and the world beyond. We welcome people from every walk of life, every gender, background , age and culture. We have various church activities throughout the week which demonstrate our support and contribution to the community in Beckenham. We would like to highlight one of our community projects showing that we want to contribute to improving the lives of people who are living with and affected by dementia and their carers. We want to encourage as many people in our congregation, as possible, through the Dementia Friends initiative, to understand and consider how they may personally contribute towards improving the day to day lives of people living with dementia.
- 12 February 2019
- Faith Groups
- Local Alliances:
- Bromley 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?
1. Raise awareness of Dementia to the congregation - a Dementia Friends Talk was held on the 4th July 2018 and 24 people became Dementia Friends, including the Vicar and the Curate. Two further sessions are planned on the 5th and the 24th of March 2019.
2. Creating a Dementia Friendly Environment - a number of adaptations have been made to the toilets in the church and church halls, i.e. providing appropriate toilet signage and blue paper towels replaced the white paper towels.
A church building project is ongoing and we have asked the Vicar to make the appointed architects aware of dementia friendly changes in the design plan throughout the parts of the building that will need to re-built.
3. Remember Together, a one and a half hour dementia friendly activity for people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends will be launched on the 2nd of April 2019 and every first Tuesday each month, thereafter.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
1. The first Dementia Friends talk on the 4th of July 2018 was delivered by a Dementia Project Worker from Bromley Dementia hub. - There has been a big gap between the first Dementia Friends talk and the next Dementia Friends session will be arranged on the 5th and the 24th of March 2019. A follow up of the people who attended on the 4th of July 2018 by getting feedback of their understanding of dementia or experience of dementia as a relative or a carer, did not occur. The concern is whether a number of these people may be unable to commit their time or no longer wish to be involved with future dementia friendly activities, such as the launching of Remember Together in April 2019.
Flyers relating to the Dementia Friends Talk on the 5th March 2019 and 24th March 2019, as well as, the launch of Remember Together have been completed and ready for distribution to the church members on Sunday, 3rd of February 2019.
Increasing the access for both church members and the public to attend Dementia Friends Talk
The church has a small number of rooms or space made available for booking to local private enterprise or individuals. Through appropriate means of communication, e.g. church website and flyers, not only church members but also the public can access the Dementia Friends Talk on the 5th and the 24th of March 2019. We will also inform the people regularly attending the Community Lunch twice a month which is available to people living in Beckenham, their family and friends, including church members within The Churches Together in Beckenham (CTiB) and Carers Together about the Dementia Friends Talk. The flyers have since been printed announcing the Dementia Friends Talks and will be made available to hand to the congregation on the 3rd February 2019. The flyers will be made available to people attending Community Lunches on the 12th February 2019, including, the people within The Churches Together in Beckenham (CTiB) and Carers Together.
We will go to local businesses, GP surgeries, Library and Beckenham Town Hall to seek their permission to advertise the events on their notice boards.
Launching of REMEMBER TOGETHER
REMEMBER TOGETHER, is a one and a half hours, 10 am - 11:30 am dementia-friendly activity for people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends. We will launch this on Tuesday, 2nd of April 2019 and every first Tuesday of each month. The flyers are ready for distribution on Sunday, 3rd February 2019.
The activity chosen on the 2nd of April is a screening of the film 'Calamity Jane' inside Christ Church Beckenham (CCB) since we have a large screen with a good sound system. We will show the first 40 minutes of the film (part 1) followed by coffee/tea, biscuits or cakes and popcorn. Part 2 of the film and concluding scenes will be shown on the 7th of May 2019. We are aware that early on in the film, loud sounds can be heard from gun shots from characters in the film. We will inform the people attending about this at the start and offer ear plugs if required. We will make sure that some people who wish to sit farther back from the screen can stay at the back of the church. We have also anticipated that some people will need to be placed in the aisle, for example, wheelchair users. We will also announce some 'housekeeping' rules and show and/or direct people to the appropriate signage for the location of toilets and fire exits. CCB have adapted one of the entrances to allow for easy access for people with mobility issues and wheelchair users.
To help assess/evaluate the outcome of our activity, we plan to seek people's comments/suggestions after each activity including a question about the environment to find out where we can make improvements, and how the environment or services benefitted each person living with dementia and their carer over a period of 6 months and earlier if needed.
- Being implemented
To achieve a Dementia Friendly Christ Church Beckenham in the design of a new lower halls complex and High Street frontage.
A proposal to re-develop the lower halls and High Street frontage of the church began in February 2018. Once agreed by the members of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) the plan was presented to the parishioners in April 2018 which was unanimously endorsed. The architects has since been appointed and they have been briefed about the dementia friendly changes which needed to be added to the design plans. Simple changes or adaptations have also been added to the entrance to the church, i.e. an automated sliding door installed making easy accessible access to the church, pictorial signage have been installed which helps to direct people to the fire exit or toilets. Handtowels in the toilets have been changed from white to blue. Considerations are being made to change the colour of the toilet seat from white to another colour. Coloured panelling around the toilet roll dispenser has been suggested for consideration.