Christian responses to 21st Century demographics


As life expectancy increases, there are new challenges for us as Christians. Growing Old Grace-fully seeks to provide opportunities to explore these in a safe and supportive environment


Amongst the thousands of people who attend our church services each week, there are a significant numbers of people living with dementia and their carers. Our Diocesan Action Plan is now listed on-line and will be launched at the Caritas Day of Reflection.


As we live longer and grow older we can find that our life is constricted in various ways. How do we approach this positively? How do we prepare to face our own death?

Ideas for and from parishes.

Download our free 88 page guide with practical ideas to support the growth of later life friendly parishes.

Across the Diocese of Leeds

Welcoming Older People: ideas for and from parishes

Welcoming Older People: ideas for and from parishes

"Welcoming Older People: ideas for and from parishes", our guide on learning from and caring for older people, is available to download free (you need to register) or you can order a ring bound copy for a donation of £5. For parishes or groups in the Leeds Diocese, printed Guides are free. To find out more or to book a short session in your parish, please get in touch.
Dementia and the Eucharist

Dementia and the Eucharist

It is important that priests, deacons or extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist feel comfortable when offering communion to a person with dementia. Here are some Guidelines for offering communion to a person living with dementia.
Events Calendar

Events Calendar

“Off the Middle – In Other Words” – dementia and the power of music @ University of Leeds, Stage 1
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

This performance has been written and performed by Matthew Seager, a graduate from University of Leeds who in his final year worked with people in an older person’s care home, using music and multi-sensory performance practices to stimulate memory. The project was highly successful and proved to be life-changing for Matt, and he has gone on to explore this in new writing. The play has received fantastic reviews, and is a great example of what can be produced when Arts and Health interests come together.

The event is at stage@leeds, a dedicated theatre space located just behind Leeds University Union on the University of Leeds campus. The building is well signposted from the Parkinson building steps on Woodhouse Lane, and you can also find it on our campus map:

There is level access into the venue and a hearing assistance system. There’s full access information here: