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NIFF (Newmarket Interfaith Forum)

Newmarket Inter-Faith Forum (NIFF) is designed to be very much a forum - somewhere we can connect across faith and community groups. We currently have active representation from Christians of various denominations, Muslims, Baha'is and Spiritualists, and are in contact with some Hindus and Jews as well in our efforts to learn more about cultural and religious diversity in education and our community. Our hope is that the forum continues to be a forum: a place where we come to share ideas, to learn from one another, and to support and encourage one another as we seek to be the best people that we can be and serve those in our midst.

17 May 2019
East of England
Faith Groups, Voluntary
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?

NIFF, recently launched in January 2019 serves to make faiths and communities aware of our mission to break down barriers and build bridges in our society, and gladly support NDAA to have people with a sense of belonging and a valued part of our community. 

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

NIFF would welcome a Dementia Friends session in making sure that all volunteers have an awareness/ good understanding of the issues surrounding people living with Dementia.

As an Interfaith Forum 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 leading or lay role in their church, 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, within the community of Newmarket.

2. Actions

  • : Improve our understanding of Dementia

    We will arrange for all staff/volunteers to be dementia aware to ensure greater understanding of the condition and how we can help. 

  • Work in partnership with Newmarket DAA

    NIFF will work with the Newmarket Dementia Action Alliance to support Newmarket to become a dementia friendly community and encourage other organisations to attend Dementia Friends sessions and sign up to the Dementia Action Alliance.

    Being implemented
  • Promoting dementia awareness

    NIFF will display/use the NDAA window sticker to show it is a member of the NDAA. Also when applicable and appropriate the dementia friendly sticker, to demonstrate it is a dementia friendly Organisation.

    Being implemented
  • Town Dementia Friends Sessions

    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. Being an inclusive and dynamic group of Newmarket people representing different faiths, 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 in Newmarket for those with dementia.