Amongst the thousands of people who attend our church services each week, there are a significant numbers of people living with dementia and their carers. Our clergy, Eucharistic Ministers, Religious Sisters and Brothers, SVP members and chaplains to hospitals and care homes are also ministering to a large number of people with dementia who are unable to attend church. Growing Old Grace-fully want to support the Diocese in treating people living with dementia with respect, to deliver a person centred service that is based on Catholic teaching and will utilise the skills and resources in the wider Catholic community to enable those with dementia to fulfil their pastoral and spiritual needs, both in the church and in the wider community.
Leeds is becoming a dementia friendly Diocese
With this in mind, we spoke to Bishop Marcus earlier this year about the possibility of Leeds becoming a dementia friendly Diocese. Bishop Marcus was very supportive of this initiative and gave his blessing and support for Growing Old Grace-fully to start the process. Following the example of Liverpool Archdiocese, we have formed a Working Group to help develop a Diocesan Action Plan.
Working Group members needed
We are also hoping we can find people living with dementia, people caring for those with dementia and a community healthcare professional such as a Community Nurse or a GP to be part of this Group.
The role of parishes
Parishes have a huge role to play in helping people live well with dementia. We all need to work towards being more dementia friendly so that everyone feels they are not just included in parish life, but that they really belong.
Are you interested in your own Parish becoming more Dementia Friendly? We have two trained Dementia Friends Champions who can offer short one hour information sessions to groups in your Parish. To book a session or for more information, please get in touch Dementia Friends Session