Dementia Friendly Churches
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 the 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 please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Prayer for Dementia Awareness Week
Heavenly Father, we thank you for your love for your world, made known to us in Jesus. We pray today for all who are in any way affected by dementia. We pray your blessing on those who live with the condition, for their families and friends and for all who care for them. Lord, help us to make time to listen to them and learn from them, help us to make our place of worship dementia-friendly and help us in this way to bear witness to the community in which we live. Lord, speed the day when a cure may be found and the shadows flee away. Amen.