ST MARY’S PARISH - WOOLTON

 

Still Striving to Become a Dementia Friendly Parish

 

Early in the Covid-19 lockdown around April this year, members of the Pastoral Team became acutely aware of the challenges being faced by all our vulnerable parishioners, not least those living with dementia and their carers.

 

Together with all the other bookings in the parish hall, our usual monthly Dementia Friendly Afternoon Tea and Singalong sessions had to be cancelled and we were all very sad that we would not be able to offer a warm welcome to our guests, as was usual on the last Friday of each month.

ST MARY’S CHILDREN’S LITURGY DURING LOCKDOWN

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When lockdown was announced none of us understood the impact it would have on everything we do and just how inventive and creative people would be in finding new ways to be ‘together’ and new ways to worship. As well as watching Fr Tim’s weekly message and tuning in to the recorded Mass each week we have enjoyed sharing our children’s liturgy live stream at 11am each Sunday with more than 50 families!!  (stmaryswithyoualways facebook group)

St Mary's SVP during lockdown

When lockdown started, we looked at our list of contacts and each member of the SVP took responsibility to ring the same group of contacts each week. This means that all our contacts have somebody to talk to, fetch any shopping, run any errands and be available at anytime on the end of a phone. Members have been delighted at being able to offer this and we have all benefited from the calls. I know I speak for us all when I say it is a privilege to be able to do this.

We deliver shopping for those who have been unable to get out, take home baked cakes to our Carmelite friends at Maryton Grange each week on behalf of one of our ladies and shared many a laugh over the phone during what has been a difficult time for so many.

DEMENTIA RESOURCES DURING LOCKDOWN

Dementia support line  https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/dementia-connect-support-line

Demetia support forum https://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/

Top Five tips

The Alzheimer's society have produced a top 5 tips for peole caring for those living with Dementia. You can download  a copy of this volunteer toolkit by clicking here

Supporting older people and those living with Dementia

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In the Easter newsletter we invited our children and young people to write letters and cards for those people in our community who live in social isolation. Below you will find a 'thank you' email from Dr Kuruvilla on behalf of Woolton Community Life.

Very well done to all of our children and young people who responded to this wonderful initiative. If other children and young people would like to get involved, there is still time to write letters/cards draw pictures etc. and post them through Catherine Higgins Law, 45 Allerton Road, Woolton Village and Woolton Community Life. will ensure they are delivered to our residents who are socially isolated. 

Your efforts are making a real difference!

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Palm Sunday 2020

We were invited to decorate our doors and windows with greenery and branches to welcome in Holy Week as Jesus was welcomed in to Jerusalem. The response was brilliant.

Thanks to Olivia for producing a montage of the photos we received.  If you click on the small thumbnail you can see the montage in all its glory.

Pictures can also be viewed in the Palm Sunday album on  the parish facebook page. Click here

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