Looking ahead to Dementia Action Week May 17th-23th

This national event is a great opportunity to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. This year the focus is “Stand up for your loved ones”, campaigning to improve our social care system – recognising that people with dementia have been worst hit by the pandemic, accounting for a quarter of all coronavirus deaths in the UK. What is your church or local community going to do?

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By Dementia Action Week, we hope to be in "Step 3" of the roadmap, cautiously easing lockdown restrictions. From (no earlier than) 17 May: "Outdoors, most social contact rules will be lifted - although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply." Here are a couple of things you might want to join in with, as a Dementia Action Week focus:

Join our hour-long “Dementia Friends & Dementia Friendly Churches” online session at 3:30pm on Monday 17 May: Why not invite others from your church or community to join this hour-long Zoom session with you, to kick off Dementia Action Week? We’ll share a Dementia Friends Information Session, to understand five key messages on dementia and commit to dementia-friendly action. And we’ll also discuss next steps you can take within the dementia-friendly churches network. Book your free place now: https://dementiafriendlychurch2021.eventbrite.co.uk The session will be led by Sarah Thorpe: do contact her if you want to know more.

Use our Prayer for Dementia Action Week 2021: Why not use this prayer (see below) in Dementia Action Week – perhaps in the main Sunday service on Sunday 23 May?

For conversations on dementia or Dementia Action Week and for support in becoming more dementia-friendly church at the heart of dementia-friendly community, contact our Dementia-Friendly Church Enabler, Sarah Thorpe sarah.thorpe@lichfield.anglican.org or 0798 224 8949