We recognise that many people in the communities we serve are struggling with mental health issues, often due to the stress of challenging circumstances (see Web of Poverty). We work with public health to provide free awareness training for staff and volunteers in local churches and projects.  This training aims to equip them to recognise when someone is struggling, to know how to listen well, offer support and signpost for further help.



Growing numbers of people from across churches in Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland are training to be Dementia Friends, an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Society. A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend.

Locally the training has been lead by Lesley Tart and Revd. Jen Croft both from St Cuthbert’s Church, Ormesby; a church that is working towards being dementia friendly. We’re delighted that more and more people from local churches have taken part in the training and will now help their churches to welcome and support people living with dementia and their carers. It has been wonderful to see the commitment of people who really want to offer the best care and support to people in their local communities

TM&C is supporting the training as part of Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough.  If you are interested in taking part in Dementia Friends Training for Churches please contact us.

Middlesbrough is working towards becoming a nationally recognised dementia friendly community. A project that aims ensure that people living with dementia are able to:

  • Remain active and included members of their communities
  • Maintain their independence for as long as possible
  • Be treated with understanding and respect
  • Receive support when necessary

Find out more at  You can find out how to apply for your church to be recognised as dementia friendly here.

There are a number of resources developed by St Cuthbert’s Church, Ormesby that you may find helpful to explore being a Dementia Friendly Church.

Small_church_DFC.pdf  DFC_living_church.pdf   Memory_box_for_spirituality.pdf

Livability have produced a number of resources including this new Dementia Friendly Church Guide.

Dementia Friendly Communication.pdf   Dementia Friendly Prayer.pdf   Dementia Friendly Worship.pdf

The Church of England has produced a handbook for people living with dementia and those who care for them.


The Catholic church's Caritas Social Action Network has produced a Dementia Toolkit which can be accessed here

A booklet with details of groups & activities in the Middlesbrough area for carers and people who live with dementia.



The first Dementia Friendly Carol Service in Middlesbrough was held in December 2015. This has now become an annual event with a festive tea, for people living with dementia and their carers.  Read about the carol service here dementia friendly carol service.



The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme adopted by Cleveland Police and other police services across the country.

Do you care for someone who has dementia and worry that they might go missing? The Herbert Protocol is here to help find them if they do. Please share and spread the word about this excellent support.

Nothing is more worrying or distressing than when a loved one or friend goes missing or doesn't return home when expected.For people living with or caring for someone with dementia, this may be quite common. The Herbert Protocol encourages carers, families, friends or neighbours, to hold information about the person with dementia that can help the police find them if they do go missing. More details here.


Loneliness has been described as A Silent Epidemic in our communities. Church Urban Fund has produced a new report Connecting Communities.

The report provides a summary of best practice for churches who are responding to the issue of loneliness and shows that churches are uniquely well placed to carry out the types of activities that have been proven to be most effective in reducing loneliness.

There is particular concern about loneliness and isolation for older people.  TMC is a partner with Ageing Better Middlesbrough a project that works with people aged 50 and over to reduce loneliness and social isolation. Faithfully Ageing Better is a project working with local churches and faith-based groups to grow places of hospitality and support that will reduce the loneliness and isolation experienced by older people.