|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'.
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.
Service for Dementia Awareness Week: 25th May
This special service in recognition of Dementia Awareness Week will be led by the Revd Lucie Lunn, Vice Chair of CTiC's Dementia Reference Group, and the preacher will be the Revd Tony Taylor, Dementia Enabler for the Upper Eden Baptist Church and a member of the Reference Group. 11am; Carlisle Cathedral.
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.