Dementia-Friendly Church

In the Diocese of Lichfield, we are working to become more dementia-friendly churches at the heart of dementia-friendly communities. Our story so far is told in the video above – and have a look at the video below, to set this in the context of the growth of dementia-friendly churches across the UK (with the videos sponsored by Staffordshire University).
A version with a national perspective is available at

We have a training day for those already leading Dementia-friendly work in parishes on Saturday 10 October - see details and booking here

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 too. Many of us have direct experience of dementia ourselves, a partner or a parent, a friend or a neighbour. In the Diocese of Lichfield, we are committed to naming and facing dementia together, both acknowledging the change and the loss that it brings, and also affirming the life and love that can be shared on the path through dementia.'Working to become Dementia-friendly' logo

How can our churches help, for anyone feeling worried about dementia or memory loss, or stretched by the extra demands as dementia progresses, or concerned about how people affected by dementia can continue to be involved in the local community? What can our churches offer people affected by dementia - and what can we learn from them? How can we stay in step, journeying together as patterns change?

And where is God in all this? Dementia raises profound questions which take us to the heart of our faith our discipleship, vocation and evangelism. 

The Diocese of Lichfield has been actively involved in dementia-friendly church since 2014. The Diocese has now been recognised by the Alzheimers Society as a dementia friendly community, acknowledging the significant steps forwards we have taken to become more dementia-friendly churches at the heart of dementia-friendly communities and the plans that are in place to continue to take this forwards.

We are committed to support our churches:

  • As they embark on initial engagement as dementia-friendly churches;
  • As they continue to embed dementia-friendly church at the heart of their ministry;
  • As they extend their connections, working with local and national partners, accessing a wide range of resources.

Becoming more Dementia-Friendly Churches at the heart of dementia-friendly communitiesEmbedding Dementia-Friendly ChurchExtending the connections through dementia-friendly church partners and resources

There's help available for you at every stage of becoming a more dementia-friendly church.

There are regular updates on our Dementia-Friendly Churches blog and social media as well as featuring on local media from time-to-time, such as this service broadcast on BBC Radio Stoke in May 2018. 

And you are welcome to contact any of the following people, who are here to help you: 

Through our collaboration with the Church Urban Fund, we are delighted to be able to employ a part-time Dementia-friendly Church Enabler in each episcopal area:


Mrs Sarah Thorpe

Mobile: 07982 248949
Dementia-friendly Church Enabler

Sarah has been working on dementia-friendly churches since 2014. Wherever you are in the Diocese of Lichfield, Sarah is here to support your church in becoming a more dementia-friendly church at the heart of a dementia-friendly community.



Page last updated: 19th August 2020 1:43 PM