Erica Roberts, City Chaplain for Older People in Southampton and contributor to Bible Reflections for Older People, has officially launched her charity Caraway, which promotes the spiritual well-being of those in older age in Southampton, both at home, in the community and in care, reaching out to those of all faiths or none, so that each older person continues to be significant and to flourish until the end of their life. It is affiliated to The Gift of Years.
Erica Roberts and a friend at the launch
The launch took place at Highfield Church in October, with well over a hundred well-wishers present. There was a fiesta-like atmosphere with a jazz band, wine and soft drinks, decorative balloons and a high tea served at tables laid throughout the church.
‘Working together with local churches, voluntary organisations and statutory bodies, Caraway aims to spiritually resource the older person, in recognition of not only their value and potential, but also the vulnerability and risk of social isolation that has been identified in this demographic.’
Caraway launch at Southampton Cathedral
Debbie noted how the Caraway logo has echoes of the seedhead umbellifer plant which is the focus of The Gift of Years logo. She congratulated Erica and all her Caraway team – and gave an update on the growth of Anna Chaplaincy nationwide – before the Sheriff of Southampton, Peter Baillie, ceremonially cut a cake to celebrate the occasion and share among all who wished the venture well.