Christians on Ageing Conference Calls

We may be locked-in but our minds are still free to roam.  We may not be able to meet each other and exchange our ideas in person.  But, we can still talk to each other and see each other talking through the technology at our fingertips.  Christians on Ageing wants to use this time and the technology to look at some important and pressing issues of the day.  We are going to do this by using a very popular facility: ZOOM.

22 September 2020
Recruitment and support of volunteers in church activities (with older people).

The national effort to offer support within communities and to individuals has highlighted the work of volunteers, of every age and walk of life.  This discussion will focus on the needs of volunteering within the Churches.  It will be chaired by the Rev Dr Joseph Cortis, Co-ordinator of Caritas Diocese of Leeds, who is a member of Christians on Ageing Executive Committee

20 October 2020 
Care Home Update

As care homes relax some of the visiting restrictions imposed during lockdown, are relatives, friends, ministers and pastoral visitors able to see residents as much as they can reasonably expect? Are homes willing to be more flexible on allowing the visiting of people with dementia who would be distressed by the absence of visitors, as government has advised? What lessons from handling visiting during the March lockdown can we learn for future lockdowns? Our second Conference Call on the important subject of engaging with older and disabled people in care homes will be chaired by Christians on Ageing  Executive Committee member and author of How to Handle Later Life, Marion Shoard.

17 November 2020 
Supporting family carers and friends of people with dementia

The effects of the pandemic within society have been many and serious and areas of life often hidden from view have been exposed to the light of day – and fresh scrutiny.  The way in which those supporting people with dementia have themselves been shown to have needs for support has been a significant development in how we understand a growing phenomenon.  The discussion will be chaired by Julia Burton-Jones of the Diocese of Rochester with a commentary from Dr Albert Jewell, a member of our Executive Committee.

The practical stuff
Each session will start at 10.30 am and run for 40 minutes and then, after a ten-minute comfort break, a further 40 minutes. After introducing the topic, the chair will invite participants to offer their own experience and reflections, followed by general discussion. We will publish a short report of each session on our website. To ensure everyone has the opportunity to contribute, we are limiting the number of participants for each session to twelve, including the chair.

Joining the sessions
All you need to do to join the discussion is to register your interest by e-mailing giving your name and any useful background information (e.g. your church and the town where you live).  You will be sent a link by e-mail which will allow you to join the discussion via the Zoom video-conference facility.  You will not need to register to use the facility.

Who are the sessions for?
We are not confining these discussions to members of Christians on Ageing; they are open to all readers of the newsletter and visitors to our website but we hope, of course, that if you are not a member you might consider joining and supporting us in our work. Benefits of membership include receipt of our quarterly journal plus; we have recently published a special issue of plus devoted to the issues raised for older people by Covid-19.

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