Christchurch Methodist & URC
Christchurch is a Methodist and United Reformed Church and member of the LEP (Local Ecumenical Project), and part of the Churches Together in Newmarket. We are a small, elderly congregation that meets each Sunday morning to worship. Our main community involvement is the running of the Mobility Aids Loans service, the Stable community centre and an International Women’s Group. We also participate in the newly formed Newmarket Interfaith Forum. We seek to reflect and share the love of Jesus to those around us.
- 11 March 2019
- East of England
- 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 Church we aim to provide a welcoming and safe place for those who join us. Our stewards and members are there to provide extra help if someone arrives needing extra assistance. Space can be provided for wheelchairs within the body of the church as the chairs are easily moved or there is an area at the back with comfy chairs. We have pastoral care leaders, each have a group for whom they are responsible which ensures we know if someone needs support.
Christchurch provides a Mobility Aids Loans service. We have a dedicated team who provide and maintain mobility equipment for those who need it. This would include those living with dementia. There is a weekly International Women’s group which is open to all women and provides informal support and opportunity to chat.
Christchurch runs The Stable, a community centre in Newmarket which includes a café that provides affordable refreshments and lunches for all, including those who come with food vouchers from the Food Bank. This is a safe place for those who may have dementia and need an understanding and supportive approach from the staff and volunteers.
Christchurch actively supports the new venture of ‘Newmarket InterFaith Forum’ which aims to provide support in the community and now is happy to be part of the NDAA as we work towards being a more inclusive Church.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Our congregation is small and elderly and themselves have health issues. This helps make members alert to the needs of others but can limit the direct involvement in the community.
Keen to have dementia awareness training – the challenge is finding the time and opportunity for those members who are elderly and live outside Newmarket to take part.
Making the community aware that there is a safe and welcoming place for those with dementia, and their carers, within the church – need better publicity.
Arrange dementia awareness training session for members of Christchurch
Plan to invite a NDAA speaker to talk about how to raise our awareness of dementia.
Christchurch will keep in touch with NDAA and support them in any further work
Keep in email contact with chair of NDAA and support events that are organised and help publicises.
Display the NDAA and Alzheimer's Society membership stickers. Publicise the dementia café in Newmarket by placing posters on the Church noticeboard and church notices.
- Being implemented