Spirituality and Dementia

During these uncertain times and periods of social distancing imposed by Covid19, please be sure to take care of your selves if you are looking after loved ones who are living with dementia. Dementia Friends have useful information and advice for carers and families; visit their website, FaceBook Page or Twitter feed.

Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the country.

Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. It’s all about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From getting in touch with someone you know living with dementia to wearing your badge with pride, every action counts.

Striving to develop Dementia friendly parish communities

The Catholic Bishops of England & Wales (Mental Health Fund) awarded funding to the Cardiff Archdiocese’s Spirituality & Dementia Project to help raise awareness of Dementia and the spiritual needs of those living with it.

The two-year project aims to make the Cardiff Archdiocese a Dementia Friendly Community; for the benefit of all our parishes, parishioners and communities. It is for the deaneries, and consequently individual parishes, to experience the Dementia Friends Awareness session (2018) and to gain an appreciation of the Spiritual needs of those living with dementia (2018-19); including the provision of resources.

Sr Susan Armond (Sisters of St Joseph of Annecy) and Joanne White (Archdiocesan Family Life Worker) are working collaboratively on this project with the support of His Grace, Archbishop Stack. As trained Dementia Friends Champions, Joanne and Sr Susan are offering free one-hour Dementia Friends information sessions across the archdiocese during 2018; these sessions are for anyone interested in finding out more about dementia and wish to gain a better understanding/awareness. Sessions are open to anyone living within our archdiocese (whether Catholic or not)


If you are living with dementia or working with those who are, or are interested in gaining a better understanding and would like to attend or host a session, or if you are a Dementia Friends Champion willing to support our project, we would love to hear from you; please contact Joanne White at  parenting@rcadc.org

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