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With the number of people living with dementia increasing every year, and with about 2 in 5 people in the UK having a friend or family member who is affected, as a society we are faced with a huge challenge. So often, people living with dementia and their carers can feel isolated from their community, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the challenges that dementia brings. But there is hope.
With a Christian world view that sees each person as a unique individual made in the image of God, a chance to support people who are living with dementia becomes not only an opportunity but a privilege.
With the belief that everyone has a unique gift to bring, churches can challenge the view that dementia compromises a person’s identity, and continue to affirm them as an individual, even as their dementia progresses.
Churches are well placed to walk alongside members of the church family who are living with and are affected by dementia, and also to provide a warm welcome and a place of belonging to those beyond the church family in the community who are living with dementia as well as those caring for them.
Our practical workshops help churches and networks of churches to take their next steps towards being dementia inclusive.
After each workshop we send a resource handout which we have co-produced during the workshop, to help you on your way.
We also offer a half day follow-up workshop, to check in with your progress and to provide the opportunity for churches to check in with one another, form networks and share experiences.
What our workshops help to achieve:
For more information about Dementia Inclusive Church, or to find out what steps you could take to become dementia inclusive, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.