Car­ing for th el­derly in our churche

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Churches play a vi­tal role to el­derly peo­ple across the coun­try, pro­vid­ing them with care, com­pan­ion­ship and some­times prac­ti­cal help. For some older peo­ple, th­ese schemes and weekly meet­ings are their only chance to get out of the house and meet peo­ple. While th­ese are great so­cially, many churches are ar­rang­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to teach things like com­puter skills. Could you be do­ing more to reach out to some of so­ci­ety’s most vul­ner­a­ble? St He­lier Par­ish, Jersey Peo­ple in St He­lier have agreed to spend up to £15m on care for older parish­ioners. There are plans for re­tire­ment flats on the Mai­son de Ville site. St He­lier Con­sta­ble Simon Crowcroft said the fund­ing was “al­most unan­i­mously” ap­proved at the meet­ing. The money will be used to ex­pand St Ewolds care home and con­vert Mai­son de Ville care home into re­tire­ment will come from the par­ish re­serves and any sale of the new flats. Res­i­dents and staff moved into the ex­panded St Ewolds. Con­sta­ble Crowcroft said the re­tire­ment flats above the nurs­ery and parish­ioners would be asked to de­cide whether to sell off to re­coup the costs. St. John’s Par­ish, East­bourne COF­FEE POT COM­PUT­ING (CPC) Based in East­bourne, East Sus­sex, Cof­fee Pot Com­put­ing spe­cialises in help­ing ‘ma­ture years’ to get to grips with tech­nol­ogy and en­joy us­ing com­put­ers in their lives. Meet­ing in the church hall, the group is split into small groups to learn nec­es­sar skills to use the com­puter and in­ter­net. www.cof­feepot­com­put­ing.co.uk All Saints’ Church, Far­ing All Saints’ con­gre­ga­tion dif­fer­ent ages from young many el­derly folk, and the ac­tiv­i­ties we of­fer re­flects El­derly mem­bers of the oth­ers, ben­e­fit from a range in­clud­ing reg­u­lar week­day prayer and Holy Com­mu­nion Bi­ble study groups and books, ser­vice books, weekly and church mag­a­zine for eye­sight isn’t as good as qual­ity sound sys­tem and for those who are hard of hear­ing has also been fit­ted. The church also of­fers or­gan­ised sys­tem for trans­port­ing dis­abled and el­derly peo­ple to Sun­day Home Com­mu­nion is also avail­able, and the church par­tic­i­pates with OTOP (Outreach to Older Peo­ple), or­gan­ised by Churches To­gether in Far­ing­don.

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