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Gentle movement and dance

Ann Wills wrote to tell us about the short not-for-profit DVD she and her family have made about an activity they offer in care homes and sheltered accommodation, or for people living in their own homes, and at Holiday at Home schemes. Here’s a photo of her Christian dance afternoon at Ruislip Methodist Church in June: Ann Wills’ dance afternoon in action ‘I hold Christian praise dance afternoons at older ladies groups. It’s very simple, ...Read more

The Heart of Kent Hospice

The Gift of Years is delighted that, as Bishop James mentioned , there’s been a further breakthrough for Anna Chaplaincy to Older People in Kent as the Heart of Kent Hospice is coordinating with organisers of Anna Chaplaincy to develop ministry within the hospice’s wide catchment area. The Revd Colin Terry is the new The Gift of Years network member throwing his efforts behind the exciting initiative. ‘I am working with Julia Burton-Jones (Rochester Diocese’s ...Read more

Anna Chaplaincy in the House of Lords

News of The Gift of Years and Anna Chaplaincy has reached the ears of peers in the House of Lords. Both BRF developments were highlighted in the Lords thanks to the Right Revd James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester, speaking during a recent debate on social care. Bishop James Langstaff in the House of Lords Bishop James promoted examples of successful local initiatives during the debate, on 5 July, led by Baroness Brinton on the question ...Read more

Training in Exeter Diocese

Delegates at the training in Exeter Diocese The Gift of Years travelled to the west country recently. ‘Leading worship in care homes’ was the subject of a full day’s training in the Exeter Diocese given by Debbie. Thirty-five people came from all over the county to hear sessions on the distinctions between ‘Spiritual care and Religious care’, ‘Worship in care homes: what’s really going on?’ as well as on ‘Anna Chaplaincy as a model for ...Read more

Government cash

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced £20m worth of funding from Government and charities for a new fund to build on the legacy of the murdered Batley MP, Jo Cox, by helping those suffering from loneliness to ‘establish and maintain connections’. The new Loneliness Minister, Tracey Crouch MP, said she felt ‘very emotional’ when the scale of the fund to help tackle isolation was revealed, and that the cash had exceeded her expectations. The ...Read more


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