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Training: Churches

Expressing faith and building community with people with dementia and those that care for them.


Dementia Inclusive Churches

Creative Congregations creates dementia friendly churches and equips churches and faith organisations to understand the challenges associated with dementia and explore creative ways to meaningfully support people affected by it.

We inspire and train participants in using creative approaches to create dementia friendly churches and:

  • keep people connected to their church communities
  • facilitate the continued expression of faith
  • reach out to people in the wider community


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Your Training

Creative Congregations is suitable for church staff, clergy, lay readers, volunteers and church members from all expressions of Christianity.

The programme is available to book for the following events:

  • A half day training event
  • A whole day training event
  • As part of your conference or festival programme
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The different sessions

Whether you want a whole day event, or a couple of sessions for your festival programme, you can choose the most relevant sessions for you. The sessions that we currently offer are:

Dementia awareness: a basic understanding

We cover the symptoms and impact of dementia, wellbeing and needs through creative learning.

Dementia and spirituality: what’s the impact?

A research summary and opportunity to share experiences. Featured in Journal of Dementia Care top 10 resources for dementia friendly churches November 2016.

Making your normal church services dementia-friendly

Simple but effective changes, adaptations and additions to make a person with dementia’s experience of attending your regular church meetings a positive one.

A communion service for people with dementia

We will look at using creativity and sensory stimuli to deliver a communion service with a difference that will engage people with dementia.

Using creativity to support people affected by dementia

Looking at needs of carers and how to support them, and how to support people with dementia and their families if they have gone into care.

Creative activities for groups of people with dementia

Giving you tools and ideas for running activity and support groups for people with dementia and their carers. We will focus on how to include people in the wider community.

Using creativity to plan specific dementia-friendly services

You pick the occasion Eg. Harvest, Christmas, Easter and together we will plan an accessible and creative service that will be engaging for people with dementia and the whole family.

Alzheimers Society Dementia Friends Session

Become a dementia friend. Please note this session is only 1 hour long.