Faith, hope and love for the older generation
24 NOV 2020
An Allchurches’ Hope Beyond grant is helping to build a network of chaplains in Gloucestershire, to support older people through COVID-19 and beyond.
COVID-19 has shown that there is a great need and demand for older people in hospital and care homes to receive spiritual support. Many of these people have been isolated, with their family and chaplains unable to visit them. This has prevented the older generation receiving the positivity, companionship, interaction, and comfort that they require, especially during this challenging period.
A Hope Beyond grant of £6,100 from Allchurches Trust has enabled CaBiC - an interdenominational charity set up to support and coordinate ministry to older people - to set the wheels in motion for a network of interdenominational chaplains, who will provide spiritual care and friendship to older people in the areas of Cheltenham and Bishop's Cleeve. This starts with the appointment of Gill Ford, who will lead this Cheltenham-based network of ‘Anna Chaplains’.
Anna Chaplaincy is a national, inclusive, community-based and person-centred approach to supporting older people, together with their families and carers, both spiritually and pastorally.
Allchurches’ recent Hope Beyond research highlighted that churches believe isolation and loneliness will be the biggest need in the community looking to the year ahead, with the older generation often more likely to experience isolation and loneliness. With this in mind, CaBiC and the Anna Chaplaincy are addressing a very real need in their local area.