Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of their great age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.

Zechariah 8:3-5

Spiritual Care for Older People (SCOP) in the Diocese of Oxford is about recognising and supporting older people in their continuing valuable contribution to the life of the church and their communities, and caring for the spiritual needs of older people if physical frailty or mental impairment become significant issues in their lives. The Diocese employs a part time SCOP advisor, and there is also a network of SCOP representatives – lay and ordained individuals who are interested in supporting each other in their ministry with older people. SCOP organises regular resource days and workshops, and produces ‘resource sheets’ on a range of subjects from organising worship in a residential care home to supporting older people who care for children or dependent adults.

Thinking of You: The Spiritual Care of People with Dementia

Tuesday 7th November 2017  9:30am – 2:30 pm

Fitzwilliam’s Centre, Windsor End, Beaconsfield. HP9 2JW

Drawing on Joannna Collicutt’s book ‘Thinking of You: A resource for the spiritual care of people with dementia’ (BRF, Diocese of Oxford, 2017). This day aims to offer an overview of what dementia is, and what it means for those affected and their carers. Joanna will reflect on the key psychological, social, and spiritual issues raised by this group of health conditions. There will be an opportunity to explore some ways of living well with dementia and continuing to grow spiritually in and through it, and to consider distinctive Christian responses to dementia.

We will also hear a range of stories from churches that are seeking to offer appropriate pastoral care for people affected by dementia, in the context of church (including worship settings), and the wider community, so that we can share ideas of good practice. BOOK HERE.

Joanna Collicutt is the Diocesan Adviser for the Spiritual Care of Older People, and is a clinical neuropsychologist with many years’ experience of working with people living with conditions affecting the brain, including dementia.

Living Well in the End Times

by Joanna Collicutt

A resource for Christians to support people in making peace with the prospect of death

The publication is available to read online.

Living Well in the End Times Researcher

The LWET project is ongoing with the appointment of Rev Dr Victoria Slater as a researcher.

New App to Combat Loneliness

A local company have developed a website to connect those needing company, conversation or a little help at home with local people who have time to spare.

The current site works through existing local charities who vet volunteers and facilitate meet ups.

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