Dementia-friendly Churches and Schools

Dementia affects many people. It brings very real challenges and changes over time. As dementia progresses, patterns of life change not just for the person with dementia but for those around them, their family and their church or community too. Many of us have direct experience of dementia ourselves, or with a partner or a parent, a friend or a neighbour. 

Our Dementia-Friendly Churches Network supports churches in becoming more dementia-friendly churches at the heart of dementia-friendly communities: 

  • Increasing dementia awareness, so that we understand more about dementia and can stay in step as patterns change through advancing dementia; and 
  • Welcoming and understanding, respecting and supporting, listening to and learning from people affected by dementia, giving space for everyone to participate and contribute. 

For more information about our Dementia-Friendly Churches and Schools Networks, click here.


Page last updated: Friday 15th September 2023 10:00 AM

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