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Working Together - Dementia-Friendly Churches & Schools

Published: 13th October 2023

In 2022/3, our first ten schools across the Diocese of Lichfield signed up for Dementia-Friendly School framework and Certificate.

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Dementia-friendly Welcome

Published: 8th September 2023

A good way to make your church’s welcome more dementia-friendly is to run a session for Welcomers. Why not try the format which has been used effectively at St Mary’s Church, Market Drayton?

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Knowing as a church we care

Published: 17th July 2023

Christ Church Burntwood has been engaged with become a more dementia-friendly church at the heart of a dementia-friendly community for some while now.

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Prayer as stepping out in faith

Published: 16th May 2023

Our third Dementia Action Week story comes from Shropshire


Prayer as an anchor

Published: 16th May 2023

Our second Dementia Action Week blog comes from Di Holt, a Reader at St Luke’s Church, Cannock.


Prayer as connection

Published: 16th May 2023

Schools as well as churches can become Dementia-friendly places. St Paul's Longton is one school taking steps:


Praying from the heart

Published: 3rd May 2023

In the run up to Dementia Action Week, prayers are the solace many have contributed in our Share A Prayer Through Dementia Initiative.


Share a Prayer through Dementia

Published: 27th April 2023

This year, people from across the diocese have contributed prayers from the heart, with our “Share a Prayer through Dementia” initiative, giving fresh prayers to use in Dementia Action Week (15-21 May)


'Head to Heart' resource for families living through dementia

Published: 30th January 2023

This resource is born of personal experience. My dad died in 2018 and he was diagnosed with dementia ten years earlier. He’d been a solicitor in Birmingham and spent his working life making incisive, head-level connections. The journey of the last decade of his life was a journey from head to heart.


Dementia-Friendly Cathedral

Published: 4th July 2022

Lichfield Cathedral has recently joined 94 other churches in our Diocese that our recognised with a Dementia-Friendly Church Certificate


Dementia awareness – Part of church life

Published: 6th June 2022

What would it take for every single church in our diocese to be able to say confidently, “Dementia awareness is part of church life”.


All shapes and sizes

Published: 25th May 2022

“When you know one person living with dementia… you know one person living with dementia”!


Listening well: heart-level conversations

Published: 10th February 2022

Giving space for lamenting and celebrating


I was part of it

Published: 16th December 2021

Reviewing the dementia-friendly churches network in 2021, here's an overview, at head and heart level.


Three pictures making the bigger picture

Published: 20th October 2021

People affected by dementia live through unchosen challenges. Within our Diocese of Lichfield dementia-friendly churches network, we are focusing this autumn on three pictures that help us to see the bigger picture, noticing God’s presence as dementia progresses.


Dementia and Spirituality

Published: 30th September 2021

How does our experience of dementia affect our faith?


Do the little things

Published: 5th July 2021

St David, the patron saint of Wales, recognised that small steps can make a massive difference.


Shaping for Mission and dementia

Published: 24th June 2021

How does our Diocese of Lichfield Dementia-Friendly Churches network fit in with our “Shaping for Mission” programme across our 28 deaneries and our Diocese of Lichfield?


What motivates action on dementia?

Published: 26th March 2021

At a recent dementia-friendly churches local network meeting, we shared personal experiences of dementia. What had been the impact for us? What had motivated us to continue to take action on dementia now?


Warm Welcome High Sheriff's Award

Published: 17th March 2021

Warm Welcome dementia is a group run by the churches in Newport for anyone living with dementia and memory problems. The group has been awarded a High Sheriff of Shropshire Award, given to groups or individuals who have contributed to their local community.


Heart of Tamworth Memory Café

Published: 23rd February 2021

Dementia-friendly Churches Enabler, Sarah Thorpe brings news from the eastern tip of the diocese


Lamentation and Celebration over Christmas and New Year

Published: 7th January 2021

Celebration and lamentation in the dementia-friends community before Christmas


Bishop Michael’s lead on Dementia-Friendly Church

Published: 9th December 2020

Bishop Michael Ipgrave, the Bishop of Lichfield, affirmed that he is “proud to be part of Diocese that takes Dementia-Friendly Church seriously”, when he spoke at our Dementia-Friendly Churches Zoom Training Day in October 2020.


The Hands of God?

Published: 8th October 2020

Developing our Dementia-Friendly Churches Network


Faith resources as dementia advances

Published: 4th September 2020

An occupational therapist recently asked me a really good question that got me thinking


The Promptings of God in Residential Care Home Worship

Published: 19th August 2020

No service plan should be expected to survive contact with the congregation...


Residential care visiting: Latest MHA good practice to share

Published: 17th August 2020

Residential care homes involve a community of residents and relatives, and staff – and Care home communities have been particularly impacted by Covid-19 restrictions.


Care Homes, Churches and Coronavirus

Published: 26th May 2020

There are care homes across the diocese and some of these have been particularly hard hit by the Coronavirus...


Coronavirus and dementia

Published: 12th May 2020

Challenge and change, conversations and connections


105 people at Guernsey’s first Dementia-Friendly Carol Service

Published: 12th February 2020

In summer 2018, I led a Dementia-Friendly Churches Training Day in Guernsey. It’s wonderful to hear from St Saviour’s Church there about the next steps they’ve taken

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