Taking up the challenge: Caring for people with dementia

One of the biggest health challenges facing this country is caring for people with dementia – and the number of cases is growing year after year.

It causes loss of short-term memory, affects the way people think, the way they speak and the way they act; people with the disease often feel sad, frightened, frustrated or angry.

But across the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham churches are working in their communities to help people struggling with dementia, whether it be good-hearted folk visiting sufferers, offering lifts, and looking after them in church, or fully organised pastoral schemes.

If you are helping people with dementia, in whatever way, let us know; we’d love to hear your story and it would help us to build a picture of what is happening across the diocese.

To support this work, and to help more churches to become dementia friendly, the diocese is offering training sessions to deepen understanding of the issues:

The latest Dementia Awareness Information Evening took place on Monday, 4th July 2016 (7pm-9pm) at St Anne’s Church Hall, Newcastle Avenue, Worksop, S80 1NJ. Details of future planned events will follow shortly.

Dementia friendly churches understand dementia and memory loss; their congregations welcome and support people with dementia, making sure they are included and supported in the community, which enables them to live independently for longer.

Dementia Friends

If you want to understand dementia more, and to help those living with it, you could become a Dementia Friend. A Friend learns more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action – from helping someone to find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia on social media, every action counts. Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend.

If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend, an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Society, you need to register as a Dementia Friend and go to  Friends’ information sessions which are run by Dementia Friends Champions – volunteers who have taken the Champions training.

We are also members of Dementia Action Alliance
Please click on the following link for more information:-


Paul Howard, diocesan partnerships officer for older people, is soon to take the training to become a Champion so that he can offer Friends training in the diocese. To express an interest in training, call Paul on 07827 291725.

Celebrating the elderly

A Celebration of Older People service takes place in Southwell Minster on Wednesday, 22nd June, 2016, at 2pm.  There will be worship, hymns and stories followed by refreshments in the crossing.

Reaching out to the elderly – click here for more