|Making Every Church in Cumbria Dementia-Friendly by 2020|
Dementia is one of today's major social and medical challenges of our day.
We have 95 volunteer Dementia Enablers spread across 80 locations in the county from nine denominations.
Various initiatives have been started including support groups for those with dementia and their carers in Arnside and Kirkby Stephen, Tea Services in Kendal, Millom and Penrith and the introduction of dementia friendly welcome cards in the High Westmorland benefice. This is only the start, and there are many more churches to involve.
CTiC has approved the appointment of a Dementia Project Officer to promote the work by providing support for our Dementia Enablers and helping churches reach out to the wider community on dementia issues. We are seeking funds from Denominational Funds and Charitable Trusts and the financial support of the local Cumbrian churches.
Dementia-Friendly Churches Project Collection: 17th September
CTiC asks that churches across Cumbria take a retiring collection on this Sunday closest to World Alzheimer’s Day to support the expansion of this pioneering project. Click here for more information about the collection and how to send the money you collect to CTiC.
Churches are also asked to use the following prayer in their services that day:
Heavenly Father, we thank you for your love for your world, made known to us in Jesus. We pray today for all who are in any way affected by dementia. We pray your blessing on those who live with the condition, for their families and friends and for all who care for them. Lord, help us to make time to listen to them and learn from them, help us to make our place of worship dementia-friendly and help us in this way to bear witness to the community in which we live. Lord, speed the day when a cure may be found and the shadows flee away. Amen.
CTiC recognises that there may be local circumstances which make it impractical to hold the collection on 17th September itself; if that is so, we would be grateful if it might be held on some other Sunday in September or early October.
Cumbria Churches Dementia Conference: 25th November
2nd annual conference for CTiC's project 'Making Every Church in Cumbria Dementia-Friendly by 2020'. 10am-3.30pm; Penrith Methodist Church, Wordworth Street, CA11 7QW.