Church and Community Action

Dementia Friendly Church

Hereford Diocese is working to encourage and support our churches and communities to become more dementia friendly. You can chose to be a part of that with a few simple steps that may lead to actions that enhance the quality of life and physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of those people who live with dementia and their carers. For more information see this useful guide Developing a Dementia Friendly Church. You can also download this leaflet Why Dementia Matters to raise awareness in your church

For more information on making your church more dementia friendly to to book a local training course contact Chrissie Pepler on 01584 871077. Her article for the Diocesan Reflections newspaper can be read HERE.

VENNTURE – 1856 John Venn and his sister Emelia founded Hereford City Mission. Their vision was to reach out to local people struggling with the problems of homelessness, hunger and health care.

Today, Hereford City Mission is renamed Vennture and remains a Christian cross-church initiative true to John and Emelia’s original vision of loving those who are marginalised or vulnerable. Our work relies on an army of rigorously trained volunteers, incredibly diverse (from retirees to students) but who all share a passion to make a difference by ‘Loving people better. Their work includes:

Street Pastors
Teams of trained church volunteers work in Hereford on busy weekend nights, keeping people safe, especially when they’re vulnerable

Family Pastors
Trained volunteers who can work with the family by listening to them in a non-judgemental way and helping them gain the support they need to make changes, find solutions to their challenges and bring new hope into their lives.

Lean on Me
Rigorously trained volunteers care for the injured or impaired in Hereford’s night time economy. Accurately assessing, supervising recovery and reuniting with friends and family

Teams volunteer in Hereford to keep people safe, support the vulnerable and provide first aid. Their mission is to make Hereford an even better place to shop, visit and work

For more information on the work of Vennture or to find out how to volunteers go to http://vennture.org.uk/

WISH - Wellbeing Information and Signposting in Herefordshire
If you are in Herefordshire your church can use this free website to publicise your community activities and church services. Once you have registered on https://www.wisherefordshire.org/ you can keep updating your area of the site. The site is free to access by members of the public looking for activities such as lunch clubs, youth groups etc. 

Funeral Poverty - Preventing poverty beyond death

With the cost of the average funeral having risen by 80% in the last 10 years and with so many people on low incomes a funeral can cause severe cash problems. Resorting to pay day loans isn't the best option. Borrowing from family or friends isn't always the answer either.

Church Action on Poverty have issued a useful resource booklet highlighting this problem of funeral poverty. Lichfield Diocese have also produced a worship outline to use on and around All Saints Day.

Suggestions for action from Church Action on Poverty are:

  • Take a collection in support of Church Action on Poverty's work to Close the Gap between rich and poor.
  • Research the cost of funerals and the availability of low cost options from local funeral directors
  • Encourage local credit unions to offer emergency funeral loans - including to non-members if they don't already do so.
  • When bereaved people organise funerals at your church, make sure they know about affordable funerals and alternative credit options.
  • Hold a church service on the theme of debt and funeral poverty.

For more information and to download resources go to:

Parish Nursing: Do you have any nurses in your church? Or are you one yourself?  Do you want to be more involved in holistic care of people in your area? 

Then you might be interested in the concept of Parish nursing.

Parish Nurses build good relationships with other health providers in the area, and with the pastoral team, offering extra help with understanding of medical conditions, risk factors and treatments. This enables the church to reach out to its community in a new way...through health ministry: helping people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy better health, to use the health services more effectively, to manage any chronic conditions they may have, to volunteer to help others, and to pray...sometimes for the first time. More information can be found on www.parishnursing.org.uk