Diocesan press releases

Dementia Friendly Award for Colwyn Bay Church

A second church in the Diocese of St Asaph has received formal recognition that it’s Working to Become Dementia Friendly.

St Paul’s Church in Colwyn Bay has set up a Dementia Friendly Cafe and is offering Dementia Friendly film screenings as part of its commitment to support those with dementia and their carers.

A certificate was awarded to the church during the service on Sunday 9 September by the Diocese of St Asaph’s Dementia Support Officer, the Revd Dr Bob Friedrich.  He said: “In 2017, the Diocese of St Asaph became the first Anglican diocese in Wales to receive recognition from the Alzheimer’s Society, that it was Working to Become Dementia Friendly.  It is now able to accredit churches in the diocese with the same status if they make four commitments to care for people living with dementia and their carers.

“St Paul’s has promised to encourage members of the congregation to become Dementia Friends, set up Dementia Friendly screenings, it is aware of the physical environment, and is setting up a Dementia Friendly Café.  I’m delighted to be making this award.”

Dr Friedrich presented the certificate to the Vicar of St Paul’s, the Revd Christine Owen and one of the church’s wardens, Christine Candlin.

The church’s first “Tea Together” event will take place on Friday 26 September at 2pm and is aimed at those who are lonely or live with dementia.

Earlier this year, All Saints in Newtown, Powys, became the first church in the Diocese to be awarded Dementia Friendly Status.   St Asaph is only the second Anglican diocese in the UK to be awarded the status of “Working to become a Dementia Friendly Diocese.”  The first was the Diocese of Lichfield in the Church of England.

Throughout 2018, churches across the Diocese have been raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society, as part of its annual Diocesan Offering.