Dementia-Friendly Rural Communities and Churches

CAPTION: Bishop Nick with Phil Davis, from the Torbay Peer Support Group.

In rural communities there’s a greater need for awareness and for ordinary, everyday routine activities in our communities to become more dementia-friendly, because specific dementia support is less available. Carers need to know their loved ones are going to be accepted and supported when they visit the local shop, take part in the bowling team, gardening club or Mothers’ Union.

“Our Devon parishes in rural communities can really help increase this understanding by providing a free venue to a local Dementia Champion, or hosting a Dementia Friends session for their village – or 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 try to match you up with a Champion nearby or contact Sally Farrant, Church and Society.

Download this new practical guide for rural communities to support people affected by dementia

Dementia-friendly rural communities guide

Download ideas for a church service about dementia: Let’s talk about dementia

Presentations from South West Church Leaders Conference May 2017

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

Dementia Friends and Champions

Clergy, readers and lay people in our churches are learning more about dementia by joining in a local Dementia Friends session or training as Dementia Champions. Dementia Champions undertake a day training to deliver a specific message based on work from the Alzheimers Society. They do not need to be experts in dementia.

If you are interested please email Sally Farrant at the address below.

Pastoral Care Guidelines 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

Further information from
Sally Farrant, Social Responsibility Officer, Church and Society, email Sally

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