Finishing well... and #notforgotten

On 3 December at 1pm Faith in Later Life are holding an online event when Chief Executive Carl Knightly will discuss their recently-commissioned book with its author, Rev Canon Ian Knox. 'Finishing well' is available to buy now. The online event is open to all and free. To book use this link.

Faith in Later Life are also promoting a campaign to encourage us to lonely elderly people at this very difficult time.

As we know, the last 8 months has been a difficult and devastating time for so many older people in the UK. We have seen increased loneliness and isolation due to shielding and social distancing, and the coronavirus pandemic has impacted on both the physical health and emotional well-being of many older people.

Faith in Later Life we want to encourage churches, Christian organisations and individuals to think about how to practically reach out to older friends and neighbours, and elderly people in local care homes who may have no family or friends in the community. This is particularly important with this Christmas looking very different from the last one.

Could you pick up the phone and share the free Daily Hope telephone number with an older person? You can find more information here.

They have lots of free resources on their website that have plenty of  ideas about reaching out to older people, and this year they have also produced a selection of Christmas postcards which you could send to an older person, so they know someone is thinking of them. Do visit their website if you would like more information.  

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My husband cleared out our garage and some friends and I ran The Garage Cafe - a place for elderly isolated people to meet up and have tea and cake. It's currently closed, of course, but when it reopens, it will serve soup and rolls. A big door and a window is left open for ventilation to keep people safe and we have hand sanitizer and social distancing in place. It's not the warmest venue but everyone loves it.

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