Edinburgh City Mission is launching an exciting new befriending service, to help people aged 65 and older who are facing loneliness, called Two’s Company Befriending. It will be a 1 to 1 befriending scheme that is run in partnership with Linking Lives UK. Through Two’s Company these organisations want to mobilise the faith community to […]
bold is a five-year project delivered in partnership by University of Edinburgh and Queen Margaret University, funded by the Life Changes Trust. bold stands for Bringing out Leaders in Dementia, and our vision is: Having a dementia doesn’t matter for who I am as a person or how I live my life and that everyone […]
As the pandemic has progressed, it’s become harder to ignore its impact on our wellbeing. We may have endured significant losses, such as bereavement, or longer periods of isolation. Some of us may have found our caring responsibilities changing too. Throughout our friendship groups and family networks, there will be stories of endured the disappointments […]
In 2010 I began the delicate journey of exploring dementia and spirituality. What does it mean to forget, to lose words, thoughts, images of our lives, not recognise the people we love and who love us? Is a pathway towards the end of our lives embedded within us via faith or nature? These were just […]
According to the last Census, there are just under 700,000 people over the age of 65 in Scotland professing membership of a faith community. …..
….. Anna Chaplains help those who feel isolated navigate the choppy waters of old age. They serve people of all faiths and none, in residential care and private homes. The range of support is wide, from ‘just talking’ to being advocates for those who are alone or feel disempowered. …..
We are urged not to forget the commitment and passion for climate change that many people took to COP 26 last November in Glasgow. On the other side of the country the staff and students in the School of Divinity at New College led a project to send a message to the delegates at COP […]
Why talk about mental illness? In recent years, stories and statistics in the media have highlighted concerns that mental ill health is affecting increasing numbers of people of all ages, and across all social and cultural groups. Whilst this increased awareness of mental health is to be welcomed, there is much still needing to change […]
Katherine Southern, the Development Manager for Hourglass Scotland and Northern Ireland gave and excellent presentation on what is understood as elder abuse and how common it is. She emphasised the lack of awareness of the issues and how important it is to draw it to the attention of politicians and the general public. HOW CAN […]
Pioneering is about helping a new, life-giving culture emerge alongside and within inherited patterns. It is really hard to help bring new projects to birth whilst at the same time aware that in other situations communities need help ‘to die with dignity’.