Dementia is a disease ​that impairs people’s ability to remember, think and make choices. It currently affects 800,000 people in the UK, and that number is expected to double in the next 30 years.​

Individually and as communities, having greater awareness and understanding  will enable us to support people with dementia to continue to live well in their community. The resources and links below will help you to become more dementia aware and dementia friendly.

You can also contact Tony Oakdenwho can help by:

  • Signposting dementia sufferers and their families to relevant local support groups
  • Facilitating free Dementia Friends information sessions for churches and other groups (see below)
  • Advising churches on how to make services more accessible and how to support members of the church community living with dementia and their carers and families.
  • Supporting the setting up of church dementia cafés and drop-in sessions.

For issues regarding carers, contact Carers Support Adviser, Clive Richardson, on

Tony Oakden

Church and Community Adviser


Dementia-friendly churches/services

St James church, Weybridge, offers a fortnightly service of hymns ​and a reading especially suited for people with dementia and their carers.

Busbridge and Hambledon Church, Godalming, aims to specialise in dementia support for both sufferers and their supporters.

St Peter's, Ash ​is part of the new Ash Parish Dementia Action Alliance.

​Livability provides services and resources aimed at helping churches become more accessible
and inclusive both for people with dementia and their carers.

MHA is one of the pioneers of person-centred specialist dementia care in the UK, including specialist dementia care homes. They produced this document on dementia-friendly churches.

Useful links and resources

Alzheimers Society - information on dementia

Free online training provided by Social Care Institute for Excellence

Sign up for Dementia Friends information sessions

NHS Choices gives information on dementia including symptoms, types and care and support

Dementia Action Alliance has 21 groups across Surrey. Free dementia awareness-raising materials are available here.


Blog Posts

Raising awareness of dementia

Tony Oakden, church and community adviser, blogs about how we can support and care for people living with dementia
We are extremely grateful to Revd Dr Margaret Goodall who leads a team of chaplains working in MHA Carehomes, and Mary Jordan a Dementia Navigator at Haselemere & Waverley Alzheimer’s Society for the use of their resources.
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