Dementia Friendly Church

This lovely free photo above was taken by a Spanish lady, Maria Magdalens, whose comment about it referred to the love between the mother affected by dementia and her daughter.  The picture is inspirational for us because it shows the responsiveness, humour and absolute humanity of a person living with dementia when given the opportunity for genuine interaction with others. 

As a Church we are dementia friendly.  Saint Stephen’s is an Inclusive Church, which means that we welcome everyone with open arms as representing the rich tapestry of life in the United Kingdom and the wider world. We believe that we are all made and loved by God in all God’s wonder and creativity - God the author of love.

Full disabled access is provided on both the Lansdown Road and Richmond Road sides of the church.  Disabled toilet facilities and a wheelchair ramp are also available.  A hearing aid loop can be accessed on the pulpit side of the church (hearing aid set to the 'T' position).

Since May the newly formed Lansdown Friendship Club has been offering fun and friendship for anyone experiencing memory difficulties in a café style setting. This monthly group is hosted by St Stephen’s Church and a warm welcome is extended to those living with memory difficulties in Lansdown and its surrounding communities.

The Lansdown Friendship Club is a place where people with dementia can come together with a family member, friend or carer, for good company, shared activities and friendship.

Each month at the Lansdown Friendship Club, after a welcoming coffee and a chance to chat, share our news and stories, there is an opportunity to participate in a different  activity. Recent themes have been allotments, summer holidays and artefacts.

As a member of Bath Dementia Action Alliance, St Stephen’s has joined their community wide action to create a dementia friendly Bath. They have pledged to support ‘Dementia Friends’ an Alzheimer’s Society initiative by organising ‘Dementia Friends’ information sessions for the community. These excellent information sessions explain how dementia affects those living with it and what we can do to make a difference to the lives of those affected by dementia, from being more patient in a shop queue to campaigning for change. There are now three million dementia friends in the UK including the Lansdown Friendship Club’s leaders.

The Lansdown Friendship Club (LFC) is held on the first Friday of the month in the St Stephen’s Centre, St Stephen’s Church Lansdown,  2- 3.30pm.   We are very grateful to Roper Rhodes, the Allen Lane Foundation and Wessex Water for their financial support in sponsoring this initiative.

There is no membership charge and new members are very warmly welcomed. 

Further information from;  St Stephen’s Office: 01225 420946    email: lansdownfc@ststephensbath.org.uk

See LFC Poster link below and recommend to anyone who may be interested.

DEMENTIA ACTION ALLIANCE

Lansdown Friendship Club Poster

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Posted: 23rd January 2020
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