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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

Befriending schemes

Debbie Thrower speaking at Linking Lives 2018 The expansion of befriending schemes within the Linking Lives UK network continues apace, and at a time when new government funding is being announced to combat loneliness. Debbie Thrower, team leader of The Gift of Years and Anna Chaplain, spoke at Linking Lives UK’s recent annual conference that focused on practical ways of combating social isolation. Fifty delegates from befriending schemes, churches and charities from across the UK ...Read more

Spirituality in Later Life conference in Ferndown

Almost 150 people who packed the Barrington Theatre in Ferndown for a conference on Spirituality in Later Life, including Louise Morse, a renowned speaker and writer working for the Pilgrims’ Friend Society and Pilgrim Homes. Louise blogs online here and is the author of Worshipping with Dementia: Meditations, scriptures, and prayers for sufferers and carers (Monarch Books, 2010). Louise Morse with Debbie Thrower Organised by the Salvation Army, domiciliary care provider the PRAMA Foundation and ...Read more

Committing to Christ at the age of 88

Jean Burt and Terry Brown at their confirmation Jean and Terry are both 88, and took the significant step of faith in getting confirmed recently. The Bishop of Basingstoke conducted a special service at the care home where they are residents. Jean Burt and Terry Brown were surrounded by family and friends as Bishop David Williams welcomed their commitment. Bishop David stressed the ways in which God is faithful throughout our lives, and said that ...Read more


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