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Making Every Church in Cumbria Dementia-Friendly by 2020

Dementia is one of today's major social and medical challenges of our day. There are over 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, and almost 8,000 in Cumbria. CTiC has considered the part the churches should play and has declared the aim of 'making every church in Cumbria dementia-friendly by 2020'.

 

'Dementia-friendly' means that the church is welcoming and inclusive towards people with dementia and those who care for them, and that they are valued members of the congregation who are encouraged to stay involved in church activity as long as possible.

 

Action at local level is key to the success of this initiative and churches are being asked to find a volunteer 'Dementia Enabler' in their congregation. The challenge of Enablers is to ensure that their church is dementia-friendly in its 'welcome, worship and environment'.


The initiative is being led by a Dementia Reference Group chaired by CTiC's Dementia Coordinator, David Richardson. For further information This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

Introduction to Becoming a Dementia Enabler
As part of Churches Together in Cumbria's project 'Making every church in Cumbria dementia-friendly by 2020', we are holding a series of half-day events at five locations around the county on Saturday mornings in March; 9.30am-1pm. Venues: 4th March Kendal Parish Church; 11th March Sands Methodist Church, Appleby and Barrow St Aidans; 18th March Carlisle Border Kirk; 25th March Crosthwaite Parish Room, Keswick. The programme will include a Dementia Friends session, a presentation on the role of a Dementia Enabler, and an opportunity for discussion and questions. More information here or contact David Richardson: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 07917 668235. Please book with Margaret Irving: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 07540 920829, specifying the name of the church and which event you plan to attend.

 

Where is God in Dementia? 17th May

A day of reflection and discussion on the theme of spirituality and dementia jointly run by CTiC's Cumbria Ecumenical Spirituality Group and our Dementia Reference Group. 10am-3.30pm; Keswick Friends Meeting House, Elliot Park, Keswick, CA12 5NZ. £10; please bring your own lunch. Places are limited to 25 people so booking is essential - details on Flyer.

 

Cumbria Churches Dementia Conference: 25th November

2nd annual conference for CTiC's project 'Making Every Church in Cumbria Dementia-Friendly by 2020'. 10am-3.30pm; Penrith Methodist Church, Wordworth Street, CA11 7QW.

 

 


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