A 5-day, mid-week course at the beautiful retreat centre of Lee Abbey with Dr Jennifer Bute and Dr Ros Simpson.
Would you like to learn more about dementia and how to cope with it?
Are you a carer of someone with dementia and would like rest and sharing with others in a similar position?
Are you someone interested to help people who have dementia and their carers in your community?
Would you like your church to be more engaged and compassionate towards people who have dementia and their families?
Come to a midweek break at Lee Abbey in North Devon for a few days to meet Dr Jennifer Bute and Dr Ros Simpson of Southampton charity, Caraway, which is recruiting Anna Chaplains in the city, who will share about dementia, and our response to it. There will be talks, discussion, sharing, craft, and many other things that Lee Abbey is and provides. It is a great place. One person said of it: “ It’s a thin place where God inspires me.”
Dementia from the inside
About carers, surviving, thriving and being loved
Coping in tough times and brokenness
Dementia friendly churches and communities
What does scripture teach us about dementia?
Japanese memory group experience
“Peace by Piece”, a craft item.
Other programmes running alongside are Worship: Encountering God’s Presence with Jon Pocock and Bread of Life with Sue Pocock.
Debbie Thrower returns to Bristol to give more training on supporting older people and their carers. Building on ten years’ experience of Anna Chaplaincy for Older People, the day is for churches wanting to expand their ministry among those in later life, and is in conjunction with Müllers, Bristol.
Explore in more detail the spiritual and emotional issues facing individuals growing old in the 21st century and see what’s distinctive about the whole spirituality of ageing, especially for those caring for people living with dementia.
Discover ways to really get to know your area in the ‘Get to know your patch’ session, so that you can be more sensitive and responsive to people’s actual needs.
‘It may be you are someone exploring whether becoming an Anna Chaplain or volunteering to be Anna Friend supporting such work might just be for you. You’ll find much to inspire you to get involved and deepen your own spirituality as you age too!’ said Debbie.
10.30 am – Arrive (from when refreshments will be available for a prompt 11am start)
11.00 am – Müllers Introduction
11.10 am – 'An introduction to Anna Chaplaincy for Older People' and 'Improving your listening skills' – Debbie Thrower
12.30 pm – FREE sandwich lunch
1.00 pm – Knowing your patch
2.15 pm – The spirituality of ageing, especially for those living with dementia