Maria Scurfield
For further information please contact me on 07533 546813 or email
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Runs training to qualify as Dementia Friends
Organises training and skills development so family and friends can respond confidently to people experiencing dementia
Supports churches to become dementia friendly places of worship
Runs awareness training sessions in local schools
Organises events for the wider community to enable a better understanding and response
Is a member of South Tyneside Dementia Action Alliance and a member of Durham Diocese Dementia Working Party

There are around 850,000 people in the UK who are living with dementia (Alzheimers Society 2017)
One in 14 people over the age of 65 years and one in six people over the age of 80 has dementia. It is more common among women than men. At least 42,000 younger people (under the age of 65) in the UK have dementia.
Different types of dementia can also affect people differently. Some common symptoms include: Memory Loss – leading to Language Problems & Planning and Thinking. Which can lead to disorientation to time and place – Visual prescription difficulties – Mood changes

Message for Churches

Is your church confident that it can meet the needs of people with dementia and their families and provide a place of comfort and reassuring spirituality? Get in touch with us if you want to explore how to make your church a dementia friendly environment.