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23 March 2017, Comments: Comments Off on Memory and Spirituality Conference

 “Memory and Spirituality: the role of faith/belief in promoting the wellbeing of people living with dementia and their carers”

Wednesday April 26, 2017. 9am  – 3pm at Chelmsford Cathedral. Includes lunch. Register FREE.

This conference will reflect on how better to understand dementia, and how faith and belief can work alongside voluntary and statutory agencies to make a positive contribution to the care and support of those living with dementia. 

 Dementia is becoming an increasing concern in faith communities as elsewhere requiring more pastoral and community work, as people living with dementia and those who care for them experience isolation and an increasing lack of resources for healthcare provision.

This major one day Essex wide conference will explore the place and role of spirituality in the understanding and the management of dementia and its impact upon those living with the condition, and those who care for them.

Through a rich variety of speakers, workshops, stalls and time for questions and discussion, the conference will seek both to encourage faith/belief groups and individuals to engage with the issues and resource them to be able to offer practical advice and support. Through working cooperatively with the other voluntary and statutory agencies it will seek to maximise resources and assess how faith/spirituality issues and concerns can assist with the understanding, care and quality of life for those living with dementia and their carers.

Speakers will include:

Dr. Christine Macleod, formerly Medical Director NHS England Midlands and East

Dr. Peter Kevern, Associate Professor in Values in Care

Rev’d Dr Joanna Collicutt, Advisor, Spiritual Care for Older People

Workshop sessions include:

*Dementia Action Alliances: Geoff Moore

*Dementia Friends: Mark Neville

*A mental health Chaplaincy perspective: Allison Cline-Dean

*Dementia friendly Gudwaras: Sital Mann

*Dementia awareness: Nicole Kenlin

*Communities and dementia: FaithAction:

*Essex Dementia Care: Debbie Davis

If you are interested, please confirm your attendance as soon as possible by registering FREE at

Due to high demand, places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

If you have any questions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact Sidra Naeem (Secretary of Essex, Mind and Spirit on


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