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Lobbying government

Helen Wordsworth, Debbie Thrower and Jeremy Sharpe Representatives of the coalition Christians Together Against Loneliness met with a senior civil servant in Whitehall. Helen Wordsworth (Parish Nursing Ministries UK), Debbie Thrower (The Gift of Years) and Jeremy Sharpe (Linking Lives UK) met Ramona Herdman of the Loneliness Unit headed by Parliamentary Under-Secretary Tracey Crouch MP at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. ‘I think it was definitely helpful to have flagged up our ...Read more

Welcome Brian Dunlop

The Revd Brian Dunlop has been busy working on the development of Anna Chaplaincy in and around Cheltenham for some time now and has now joined The Gift of Years network. Brian read physics at Exeter University and then trained in London as a Patent and Trademark Attorney, later moving to Cheltenham where he was a partner in an international firm of attorneys for around 30 years. ‘Much of my work came from the United ...Read more

Welcome Mandy Baker

Congratulations to Mandy Baker, a new Anna Chaplain joining the network. Mandy trained as a registered general nurse, and left nursing in 2000. She worked as an early years’ practitioner and special needs coordinator at St James Church preschool, Tunbridge Wells, and now runs a breakfast and after-school club for St James church. Mandy explained that she was licensed as a lay minister in 2017. ‘I have always had a heart for older people. I ...Read more

Welcome Anna Staple

Anna Staple is now Anna Chaplain at Holy Trinity Church, Lamorbey, Kent. Anna also continues to work as Personal Assistant at the church. She has catering qualifications, and then worked in office administration, mainly for education-based institutions. For a number of years, she worked for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, followed by the London Chamber of Commerce Examinations Board, and the University of Greenwich. Anna will be commissioned as Anna Chaplain ...Read more

John Phillips, new Anna Chaplain

John Phillips at his commissioning A warm welcome to John Phillips in Cheshire , who was commissioned on 29 July as Anna Chaplain for Thornton-Le-Moors with Ince and Elton Ecumenical Partnership by his minister Revd Dr Ruth Ackroyd. John has been called to serve in this community with a specific responsibility for the spiritual welfare of older people, especially those at Thornton Manor Care Home. We are delighted and thankful for the important ministry John ...Read more


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