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Parish church of St Francis of Assisi, Honicknowle.

St Francis is the parish church serving Honicknowle, West Park and the surrounding areas in Plymouth. We are part of the Mission community of Our Lady of Glastonbury and have partner churches in Whitleigh Green (St Chad) and Ernesettle (St Aiden). We are part of the Church of England and offer a traditional form of worship that is familiar to many and can be easily followed. A large proportion of our regular congregation live within the local area and are well connected with the wider community. We aim to provide a welcoming experience for all who visit us and to facilitate this, somebody is at the door before our services start in order to welcome and provide assistance as needed. Although being predominantly a faith organisation, we also maintain a strong outreach with connections to the wider community as well as making our church facilities available for community use.

20 June 2019
Local Alliances:
Plymouth 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?

St Francis aims to provide a welcoming and caring environment where all will feel comfortable, we feel that we can fully meet outcomes:                   5-I live in a supportive environment where I feel valued and understood.   6-I have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of the family, community and civic life.                                                                                       These outcomes are what we always aim to achieve for all and we consider making people feel valued and feel a sense of belonging, a high priority for our church life, both for worship activities and community/group activities. This is achieved through our welcoming nature and through bus offering opportunities to be involved,to all.

We also feel that through correct training, we will be able to signpost to other organisations who may be able to help both people with dementia and their carers with other outcomes.

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

Being a church building, we must consider that we are limited on what changes we can make in order to make the building dementia friendly; we are open to making 'reasonable adjustment' as would also be required to accommodate many other disabilities  and difficulties. To facilitate this, we will carry out a dementia friendly building audit, from this, we will identify what reasonable adjustments can be made.                Except the parish priest, who also has other churches and other ministry responsibilities, we do not employ a full-time member of staff. We are staffed by a mission development minister who also has other responsibilities, but we predominantly rely on volunteers. Our volunteers are committed and we wish to provide the option of Dementia Friends sessions to all. In order to facilitate this, we may have to provide several session times to meet the  needs of our valued volunteer team.                   We have level access to the main church building and the main hall, however, we do not have easy access to our lower hall. We have separate male and female toilets but we have no specific accessible/disabled toilet. Both issues are on the church's long term development plans. however, we will need to seek relevant permission for building alterations as well as fundraising and applying for grants in order to carry out such alterations.

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