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Epping District Team Ministry (Church of England)

The Epping Team Ministry comprises three Church of England churches: St John the Baptist in Epping, St Alban the Martyr in Coopersale and All Saints in Epping Upland. We meet weekly to worship God in our three churches and we work together to provide ministry in the Epping District. All three parishes are served by one Ministry Team.

27 July 2020
East of England
Charity, Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Epping Forest Dementia Action Alliance (EFDAA)

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?

We want our Church to be a healing place, a space where the love and peace of God can be felt deeply by all. For this to be the case it is important that our building is easily accessible. We have worked to get our Church generally physically accessible (although we are striving to make this better), now we are focusing on making our place of worship safe and welcoming for those in our community who may be more physically able but who are vulnerable in other ways. By doing this we believe we can address 4 out of 7 of the statements from the National Dementia Declaration outcomes, namely:

"I know that services are designed around me and my needs"

"I have support that helps me live my life"

"I live in an enabling and supportive environment (community) where I feel valued and understood"

"I have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life"

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

Training for our staff and clergy

Publications/materials and guidance on how to improve awareness in the local community

Resources to improve accessibility

2. Actions

  • Staff awareness

    Have all staff and volunteers attend a dementia friends information session to learn more about dementia and the ways we can support those who are affected.