Creating Dementia-Friendly Churches at the heart of Dementia-Friendly Communities

Many people in our community are living with dementia, and we believe that churches can be a great place of support.

Our team of Dementia-Friendly Church Enablers work across the Lichfield Diocese area:
• Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin: Sarah Thorpe -
• Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent: Mike Bridgewater -
• Black Country: Su Parker -

They work to create dementia-friendly churches at the heart of dementia friendly communities.

We post all of our events and network meetings on the TCT event page. Just click on the button below:


We’ve now been working on dementia-friendly churches for over five years in the Diocese of Lichfield. In that time we have:

  • Held 101 Dementia Friends Sunday services
  • Trained about 4,150 Dementia Friends
  • Run 31 Dementia-Friendly Churches courses, which have been attended by 575 people

Dementia Friendly Churches video

This video is one of four case-studies sponsored by Staffordshire University looking at the growth of Dementia-friendly Churches in the UK.

Moving forwards

As a new development, we are widening the team of people in Lichfield Diocese who can lead these courses and (provided you are already a Dementia Friends Champion) these services: we’ve brought the material together in a way that allows us to share it with a wider team.

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.