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Becoming a more 'Dementia-friendly' Church: NEW DATES

posted 29 May 2015, 10:04 by John Goldring   [ updated 13 Jun 2015, 08:49 ]

Some of the dates and venues for these events have changed - see below.

Dementia - literally meaning 'apart from', or 'away from the mind' - is said to be one of the least understood of conditions and one of the most feared. Perhaps you have had this diagnosis yourself, or you care for someone who suffers from it? Or maybe you have been in the past, or witnessed someone you love suffer? The condition raises so many questions, such as 'How can we help?', 'What can we do?', 'How do we talk about this almost taboo subject?', and 'Where is God in all of this?'.

On Sunday 14 June we begin to address some of these questions in our Sunday services (9.30am and 11.15am) as we consider how as a church and individuals we can be more 'Dementia-friendly', and to turn our understanding into action. Then for those who would like to consider the issues raised further there will be the following Wednesday evening sessions led by Revd David Primrose, Director of Transforming Communities for Lichfield Diocese.

Session 1: 17 June, 7-9pm in the church hall
'Spirituality & pastoral care' – looking at what we know about dementia, correcting misunderstandings, and considering how we support people with dementia and those who care for them.

Session 2: 1 July, 7-9pm in the church
'Building interior & physical environment' – raising awareness of the challenges these present for those with dementia.

Session 3: 22 July, 7pm in the church hall
'Worship and church service' – considering how these can be more accessible for someone suffering from dementia.

Session 2: 5 August, 7pm in the church hall
'Local resources & raising awareness' – knowing what's available and the community networks in place, and understanding some of the challenges faced by those with dementia.

There is a also a final event in partnership with Verona Court Extra Care Home open to anyone interested:
Public Meeting: Wed 12 August, 2.30 – 4pm at Verona Court, Longford Road, WV10 0UB
With a guest speaker and the opportunity to discuss and ask questions.

Any queries please speak to our Associate Minister Revd Pippa Goldring or email her at

This programme is associated with 'Dementia Friends' which is an Alzheimer's Society initiative. The 'Dementia Friends' symbol is shown above.