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Diocese of Leicester

The Diocese of Leicester is a Church of England Diocese, based in Leicester and serving parishes across Leicester and Leicestershire. Its aim is to provide leadership for the Anglican community across the Diocese and work with others to provide Christian love, care, compassion and practical help across communities.

1 April 2019
East Midlands
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland 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?

The Diocese of Leicester Dementia Action Group's aim is to support Anglican churches across the Diocese to consider their connection, communication and support for people living with dementia, who attend church and live within their communities. To encourage churches to become dementia friendly churches and plan an active role in creating dementia friendly communities. To enable people with dementia to worship and engage with church and maintain a life of faith. To provide advice and support to enable churches to become dementia friendly environments. To provide support to people with dementia and their carers living within communities in the form of practical groups.

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

Churches are widespread and diverse, geographically and demographically. this can make it difficult to reach them all and understand what works well within each parish. Some churches have limited resource, particularly people who can move forward with new initiatives. Churches mainly run with volunteer support and have competing priorities. Small rural churches have fewer people who can get involved. There is a need to raise awareness of dementia issues within church leadership. Adapting older buildings to meet the needs of people with dementia.

2. Actions

  • Improve understanding and knowledge of Dementia across churches

    Establish Diocesan Dementia Action Group and continue to network for new members.

    Role out Dementia Friends/dementia friendly churches sessions to raise awareness and understanding of dementia, link dementia friends and champions to a network across churches.

    Produce a regular news sheet to go out to church which would include information about reading and worship materials, offers of support and contacts.  

    Provide information flyer direct to clergy, lay-readers.  

    Being implemented
  • Devlop and deliver training for church musicians to deliver music and worship which is dementia friendly

    Dementia Action group is exploring training materials and leaders.

    Offer and deliver training for church musicians across the diocese.

    Ask for feedback from musicians as they participate in dementia friendly worship.

    Being implemented