Making our churches centres of spiritual and mental wellbeing

Now more than ever, we are acutely aware of two pressing needs in our communities: that many of us struggle with our mental health; and that many in London experience isolation and loneliness.

We know that the church across London is responding with a ministry of hope. Offering connectedness, support, spaces to talk and pray and other practical ministries, this is an area where our parishes are making a real difference.

81% of parishes across the Diocese have some activity or programme to tackle isolation and loneliness; many parishes are responding to the long term and short term mental health issues in our congregations and communities through practical outreach projects.

Spotlight: Dementia Inclusive Churches

Workshop from Charlotte Evans, Story Chaplain

This workshop can be watched back here

Resources from this workshop are below

Outline of this session:

• Reflection on what those who live with dementia and carers have faced in the last year, and the impact this has had;

• Discussion on what the wider church community can do to ensure that those living with dementia and carers continue to be included in church family life right now;

• Sharing specific resources to support those living with dementia and carers, both within our church families and in the community, in terms of outreach work, and being in touch to address loneliness and isolation.

This workshop was aimed at church leaders, pastoral teams, and anyone who is interested in supporting those living with dementia and carers within a church context and beyond.

For more on Charlotte’s work:

Isolation and the Elderly

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Mental Health

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How we can become dementia inclusive churches and help those living with dementia in our communities, families and friendships



Vicki Smith, Fundraising & Team Manager at Together with Music, introduces us to a virtual, intergenerational programme that connects schools, community groups and creatives to their local care homes and older people through music.