Our Church as a Dementia Friendly Church
Our Churches need to welcome and include people with dementia as well as their carers. Our training workshops, run as part of the ‘Welcome Me as I Am’ project, provide an opportunity to understand the ways in which we can exercise our welcome and ministry in a sensitive and person-centered way alongside the national initiative on dementia friendly communities. Each participant becomes a 'dementia friend' if they wish. In the course of these workshops we cover topics such as:
- Understanding how we can adapt our buildings to be more dementia friendly
- ‘See ME rather than my dementia’ – a person centred approach to working with dementia
- ‘My Spiritual Journey’ – understanding and responding to the spiritual needs of people with dementia using life story techniques.
- Communication Skills in working with dementia
- Linking with the 'Dementia Friends' Initiative
- Signposting to local statutory and voluntary resources and contributing to a local network of services
- Understanding and listening to the needs of Families and Carers
- Liturgy and Worship for people with advancing dementia.
Click here for a typical workshop programme which was delivered in 2014. The programme can be adapted to suit the needs of particular organisations - for example we are currently working with the Salvation Army to deliver a workshop specific to their needs. To enquire further about a workshop to meet your needs click here.
Some feedback from an earlier workshop:
- The workshop gave me wonderful insight on a personal level and enthused me to take all this back to my faith community/parish'.
- 'I got confirmation that I was doing things right with Mum and got better insight to things which I had not thought about before, like the emotional element'.
- 'I appreciated learning about 'the power of presence'.
- 'I learnt that it is possible to counsel people with dementia'.
- 'Its been a fantastic day - inspiring - thank you'.
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