The Archbishops' Commission on Reimagining Care was launched last night at Lambeth Palace by both the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell, with an invited audience of 50 people involved in the world of adult social care.
I was invited to be one of a panel of three speakers addressing different aspects of the subject: John Swinton, professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, spoke of a theology of care; Clenton Farquharson MBE, chair of the Think Local Act Personal partnership board, told some of his own personal story of receiving care and indicated pathways for the future; and as the founder of Anna Chaplaincy for Older People, I (Debbie Thrower) was tackling the topic of ageing and care.
The origin of the commission, one of a series being undertaken, lies in Archbishop Justin’s book Reimagining Britain: Foundations for Hope (Bloomsbury, 2018). It has just come out in a new edition referring to the impact of the pandemic.
Read the commission launch' press release here.