Bishop David is pleased to announce that he has appointed Rose Akeroyd as Bishop’s Adviser on Dementia."This is a growing area of need in churches and communities across the Church of England - Birmingham and I am very grateful to Rose for accepting this role on behalf of our church communities".
Rose Akeroyd is a Reader, based at St Hilda’s Warley Woods. Partly arising out of her own experience of a close family member living with dementia, Rose has felt a particular call to help churches to become more dementia friendly. She has become a Dementia Friends Champion through the Alzheimers Society, and has also shadowed Sarah Thorpe, who is delivering a dementia friendly churches programme in the Diocese of Lichfield. In addition, Rose has attended the National Dementia Conferences on our behalf, organised by the Church of England in 2016 and 17.
Over the past two years, Rose has begun to help churches, partly through delivering a number of training sessions and through speaking with individual clergy and at deanery level about dementia and how churches can become more dementia friendly.This ministry will continue as part of Rose’s role as Bishop’s Adviser. Rose has also been involved in developing some more in-depth training in Supporting Those Living with Dementia which she is piloting currently for a group of 25. This module will be available for wider use in due course.
If you wish to contact Rose, please use the following address to send an email in the first instance: firstname.lastname@example.org