Intergenerational Faith Social Enterprising Model (IFSEM) or The Hope for Sutton Project (HFSP)

At St James, we are proud to offer Inclusive Compassion, because we believe in giving back to the community.

Our extensive research has revealed to us that a major issue affecting the elderly in the community of Sutton Coldfield, is dementia. Survey results have informed us that people living with dementia wanted to keep up their social networks and feel a sense of belonging, yet felt excluded and unsupported by their community because of their condition, making it difficult to live independently. This is what sparked the idea for our latest project.

Officially called the Intergenerational Faith Social Enterprising Model (IFSEM) or Hope for Sutton Project (HFSP), the Dementia Café Luncheon Club welcomes young adults from Wilson Stuart School (who are differently abled), to prepare food for Memory café members & carers. We have partnered with Birmingham City Council (via Innovation Funds) and Sutton Coldfield Town Council (via Social Inclusion Funding) to make this happen, and Home Instead Staff (a professional dementia care provider) will be offering full support during each Luncheon.

The basic principle of being able to lead a “normal” life in an integrated society is an elementary right. However, people with physical, sensory or cognitive impairments often become excluded through physical, social, psychological and/or economic barriers. This is particularly the case for people living with dementia, with recent research suggesting they are among the most marginalised, socially excluded and highly stigmatised groups in society (Alzheimer’s Society).

Our project acknowledges that dementia impacts the day to day lives of individuals and their families affected by the condition. We are offering all-encompassing support through intergenerational interaction. The programme aims to not only provide a social space for dementia sufferers, but to give children valuable skills that are transferable to the workplace, alongside being able to support carers on a more regular basis.

The Luncheon Club has been operational once a week from January 2018 until July 2018 and twice a week from July 2018 until August 2018. From September 2018 The Luncheon Club will be available five days a week, which would make us the first in England to offer a day to day service for Dementia sufferers.

Simply click on the link to download the St James Mere Green – ‘Hope for Sutton Project’ Concept Paper