Dementia Information Day - Shirehampton Methodist Church, Bristol
Shirehampton Methodist Church in Bristol recently held a Dementia Information Day to provide meaningful outreach in the community.
As part of the church’s commitment to becoming a ‘Dementia Friendly’ church, and to share God’s love, they incorporated the Information Day into their monthly coffee morning.
Local organisations providing services to people living with dementia were invited along to chat and give advice.
The day featured a play, ‘Don’t leave me now’, written by playwright, Brian Daniels. This enabled an audience discussion afterwards with a panel of dementia experts.
In spite of the subject – the dreaded ‘D’ word – the day was joyous and uplifting. Feedback received was positive and helpful to many, both inside and outside the church.
Church steward, Dottie North, commented, "Yesterday I met a person who doesn’t go to church but had come in because she has a family member living with dementia. Her comment was, "I didn’t know the church cared about this sort of thing."