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St Mary’s Church, Newmarket

We are an Anglican parish church in the centre of Newmarket. We meet for worship regularly, to which we aim to make everyone as welcome as possible, and there are often times for fellowship as part of or after worship. We also run social events such as coffee mornings and concerts. We collaborate with other churches in the area as well as other faith groups and community organisations in serving the needs of the local community. We also manage, use and let the Turner Hall, a medium-sized events venue. This is used for a number of professional and community uses including dancing, fitness classes, children’s groups, music, leisure activities, prayer and one off private or community events.

21 January 2019
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Newmarket 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?

As a parish church serving the needs of the community, we aim to be a safe space for all, including those with dementia and their families and carers. We could provide somewhere to find peace in times of anxiety or distress; or a familiar space which allows someone to feel at home and secure. We could provide someone to listen when there are times of difficulty; or a friend who could make a visit to the home. We aim to connect people to their community, to the world and to God, and recognise the human dignity of those living with dementia.
We encourage people to take responsibility for making their community a safe and supportive space for all, and so would hope to offer everyone the chance to learn about dementia and how we could better support people with dementia and their families and carers. We would especially encourage those with a role in the church, including ministers, churchwardens, PCC members and sidespeople, to make good use of such training. We would also promote the work of the Dementia Action Alliance within our congregation and facilitate conversations about dementia where possible.

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

We would need to run at least one, or perhaps more, of the Dementia Friends sessions, which would give as many people as possible the opportunity to be involved. We would look to do this in collaboration with other local churches. Because we are an inclusive and dynamic church congregation, it would not be possible to require everyone to undertake the training, but by promoting it to key people and encouraging them to pass on what they have learned, we would hope to improve the environment at St Mary’s for those with dementia.

2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of Dementia

    We will arrange to offer dementia awareness training to the congregation, and in particular those in key roles, to ensure greater understanding of the condition and how we can help.

  • Work in partnership with Newmarket DAA

    We will display the NDAA window sticker to show it is a member of the NDAA. Also when applicable and appropriate the dementia friendly sticker, to demonstrate we are a dementia friendly community.

    Being implemented
  • Promoting dementia awareness

    We will display the NDAA window sticker to show it is a member of the NDAA. Also when applicable and appropriate the dementia friendly sticker, to demonstrate we are a dementia friendly community.