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Invitation to head for Cumbria for an online conference on working with older people

The Anna Chaplaincy team in the north-west extend a warm invitation to everyone interested in ministry among older people:

'Anna Chaplaincy in Cumbria is pleased to welcome you to join us at our conference Breathing in Hope: Working with Stories of Change on September 18, 2021,' writes coordinator Katherine Froggatt.


'We have all lived through the last 18 months of disruption and challenge in our own lives and our ministry with people in later life. The aim of the conference is to create an opportunity for people to hear stories of hope that bring about positive changes for older people and people with dementia, and also provide hope for those of us providing support.


The conference is an annual event in Cumbria. For the past five years it has had a specific focus on dementia. With the introduction of Anna Chaplaincy in Cumbria, we are broadening the focus to consider spiritual care for older people, including the specific needs of people living with dementia.


We are very pleased to welcome a number of speakers who will share their expertise and experiences. Our speakers include: Keith Albans, Methodist Minister and former Director of Chaplaincy and Spirituality at MHA, Methodist Homes, and Kathryn Lord who will introduce us to Stories for the Soul offering an experiential way to share faith stories that feed our soul. We will also have opportunities to meet with each other in breakout rooms.


There will also be speakers talking about practical initiatives being undertaken to provide telephone befriending (Linking Lives UK), setting up friends groups for care homes (Care Home Friends) and the provision of music for people with dementia (Lyrics and Lunch).


The conference is on September 18, 2021, from 10.00 - 15.30, and will be held using Zoom.


There is no charge to attend, but you need to book a place to receive the Zoom link:


We look forward to welcoming you to Cumbria!'






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