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Our Lady Immaculate and Saint Etheldreda RC Church

Our Lady Immaculate and St. Etheldreda Catholic Church, serves the community from Isleham to Wickhambrook, and from Kentford to Swaffham Bulbeck. We have a Parish Priest, two deacons, a Parish Centre Manager a Youth Worker, and several wonderful cleaners who keep the place like new. About 400 parishioners attend one of three Masses each weekend. Our Mission is to be a welcoming community of faith and active love, working as a partnership of clergy and laypeople in order to deepen our faith in Jesus Christ and our prayer life and be effective as a visible and active presence in the local community committed to working with other churches and the local community in caring service

21 August 2019
East of England
Faith Groups
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?

We are a Church in the town centre, and through training & awareness sessions will improve our welcome to those that may have dementia/vulnerability. We would be able to support them if need be.

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

Now that we have raised awareness through training we would like to go the next stage and educate parishioners on how to proactively help those living with dementia.

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2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of Dementia

    We have arranged 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

    OLISE 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

    OLISE will display 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 church.

  • Becoming more effective

    We are actively seeking training for the over 30 parishioners who have been “made aware” to understand how to pro-actively help.