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St Richards Church

St Richard's Church is a family friendly and welcoming Church of England parish church in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. Our congregation is made up of people of all ages (from one, to one hundred!) everyone will be made to feel welcome. The church is open daily for anyone to visit, light a candle, say a prayer or to just sit peacefully and enjoy the tranquillity of the church. Among our church family there are a number of people living with dementia and their carers. This led us to set-up a Dementia Café that runs twice a month (the first Saturday of the month and the third Tuesday of every month from 2pm-4pm for people with dementia, their carers and families. Our parishioners with dementia assist with the cafe's as volunteers. Our aim is to be a dementia friendly church, with dementia friendly services and to offer support for people with dementia and their families. Our vision is to treat people living with a dementia with respect, to utilise the skills and resources of our wider community to enable those with or affected by dementia to fulfill their pastoral and spiritual needs.

10 April 2019
South East
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Haywards Heath Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

By becoming a 'dementia friendly' church we hope to enable our congregation and any visitors with dementia to continue to worship and provide them with additional support.  We aim to offer a supportive and inclusive environment, where anyone with a diagnosis will feel included and valued.

 We are encouraging our church congregation to become dementia friends by holding dementia friends sessions. This will enable a greater understanding of dementia within our church community. 

 We have also opened a dementia Cafe (Memory Moments Cafe) in conjunction with Know Dementia charity to enable our local community to meet in a safe and friendly environment, enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, some company and where people with a diagnosis can offer each other support.

 We value the contribution from our church family and our wider community. We hope to link our local community together, share our resources and raise awareness of dementia through working with our community.

 By linking local voluntary/community groups we can facilitate and encourage further partnerships to support a cross section of people with dementia, their carers and families and people within residential care and nursing homes.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Dementia friendly services and dementia community services

    We will review our services and activities to be more dementia friendly. This could mean singing more well known hymns and creating order of services with pictures and larger font sizes.  We would like our sides people (welcome team) to be dementia friends so that they can assist people more confidently during services. We would like to investigate the possibility of putting on dementia services for the local community. 

  • Provide practical and spiritual support for people with a dementia diagnosis, their carers and their family.

    We will aim to continue to highlight the issues of dementia and assist with making our town a dementia friendly community. We will provide helpful information and support  along with spiritual guidance and prayer for people affected by dementia and their friends & families.


    We will help people  to attend church services/activities and to be supported whilst there and to offer communion, prayer and spiritual fellowship at home or in residential care.