Dementia Friendly Church


Creative resources, events and workshops to help churches become fully inclusive of people living with dementia, their carers, and those affected by it.

With the number of people living with dementia increasing every year, and with about 2 in 5 people in the UK having a friend or family member who has dementia, as a society we are faced with a huge challenge.

So often, people with dementia and their carers can feel isolated from their community, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the challenges that dementia brings. But there is hope.


Everyone has a unique gift to bring


With a Christian world view that sees each person as a unique individual made in the image of God, a chance to support people who are living with dementia becomes not only an opportunity but a privilege.

With the belief that everyone has a unique gift to bring, churches can challenge the view that dementia compromises a person’s identity, and continue to affirm them as an individual, even as their dementia progresses.

‘Who am I? I am one loved by Christ.’
(Thomas Merton)



How can we help your church?


Churches are well placed to walk alongside members of the church family who are living with and are affected by dementia, and also to provide a warm welcome and a place of belonging to those beyond the church family in the community who are living with dementia as well as those caring for them.

‘We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love.’
(Jean Vanier)

Resources


We believe that everyone has a unique experience and contribution to bring, which is why we develop creative, practical resources in partnership with people living with dementia, carers, churches and other groups.

From Dr Jennifer Bute’s Top Tips for Your Church to be More Inclusive for People with Dementia, to our Developing a Dementia-Friendly Church – we are keen to create resources that can be a practical help in your church context and beyond.


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Events


From half-day workshops to one day creative conferences, we are keen to bring together people with dementia, carers, churches, and anyone affected by dementia to work together to help churches be as inclusive as they can be.

‘Creativity and the Dementia Friendly Church’: 13th June 2017, Leeds
Find out more and book tickets for our next event here


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Workshops and training


Our practical workshops help churches and networks of churches to take their next steps towards being dementia inclusive.

After each workshop we send a resource handout which we have co-produced during the workshop, to help you on your way.

We also offer a half day follow-up workshop, to check in with your progress and to provide the opportunity for churches to check in with one another, form networks and share experiences.


  • Understand what dementia is, including types of dementia and symptoms. Moving beyond the medical model, we explore how dementia can often lead to social and spiritual isolation
  • Draw information and understanding from theological resources and spiritual reflection
  • Change the narrative on dementia from hopeless to hope-filled, finding our identity in Christ, rather than any cognitive impairment
  • Start to develop a practical action plan for your church context.


Our practical guide to building a Dementia Friendly Church

We have teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Society to produce a practical guide for churches and other faith communities looking for practical advice on how to create more dementia-friendly environments.

Simply click here to get your free copy


Get in touch

If you have any questions about any resources, events or workshops, or you would like to have a chat about how we could work together, we would love to hear from you.