Dementia-Friendly Church

Photo: Dementia Friendly Church Devon Network

“Our Devon parishes in rural communities can really help their communities learn how to support people living with dementia by hosting a Dementia Friends session for their village – or why not volunteer as a Dementia Champion,” says Bishop Nick.

“We need more Dementia Champions like Christine Westlake who did the free day training and has now done sessions for all the parishes in her benefice Heanton Punchardon, Marwood and West Down and many others across North Devon.”

Organise or host a Dementia Friends session for your village by emailing for more details. They will match you up with a Champion nearby.

Dementia-friendly rural communities

Dementia-friendly rural communities guide

Becoming a dementia friendly church Bristol

How can the church support resilience in carers

Dementia Friendly Church
We’re changing the conversation about dementia, reducing stigma and embarrassment and assuring people living with dementia that they can remain active in our parishes. Some parishes organise specific services and activities for people living with dementia, while others look at all their activities and buildings to see how they can become more dementia-friendly. Usually adaptations to make something more dementia-friendly make them more hospitable and welcoming to everyone.

Pastoral Care Guidelines on Dementia from the Diocese of Exeter.

Useful Links and Downloads

Devon Support Services
Church Dementia Resources
Devon Dementia Friendly Communities
Devon Carers Pathways
Alzheimer’s Society
Dementia Action Alliance
Dementia Challenge
South West NHS Dementia Partnerships
Devon Dementia Update
Dementia Recommended Reading
Living well with dementia handbook – Devon
Christian Medical Fellowship: Dementia
Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia
Glorious Opportunity
Dementia Friends

Preparing a Dementia Friendly Carol Service

South West Church Leaders Conference

Ian Sherriff Dementia Urban and Rural May 2017

Dr Peter Kevern Remembering God

Dr Peter Kevern Church Partnering in Care

Dr Jennifer Bute – personal reflection on living with dementia

Exeter Reach Maintaining cognitive health

Exploring God and Dementia Delegates Pack