Anna Chaplaincy update - The Gift of Years Network

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Anna Chaplaincy update — The Gift of Years 'network'

Travelling from as far afield as South Wales, the Midlands, Hampshire and Dorset a group of eighteen met at Waverley Abbey House near Farnham, in Surrey, on October 29 and 30. It was a first chance for people in the network to meet one another and swap notes.

The gathering included members of The Gift of Years Advisory Group- Bishop Christopher Herbert, Jay Green, Sue Radford and Ann Persson.

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It was invaluable to learn more about what each network member does, whether as an Anna Chaplain or someone engaged in similar, ecumenical, community-based, work with older people.

The Bishop of Southampton, Jonathan Frost sent a greeting to the group as they prepared to meet:
"The work of the Anna Chaplains is timely and of profound significance as the Church seeks to serve the older generation and speak into public policy around provision for the vulnerable in our society. I am praying for you all as you gather at Waverley Abbey: may the Lord bless, guide and challenge you as you meet together."

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Here are just some of the comments and feedback that Debbie received;

"An amazing 24 hours and so, so, encouraging and inspiring."

"Thank you for allowing me to be at the remarkable conference today. It was obviously being deeply appreciated by everyone there...and the sense of each person learning from the others was palpable...It was tremendous."

"This gathering is something that, for me, has been a long time coming and it is great to meet others engaged in similar work. I really enjoyed hearing about the work others are doing and have come back with lots of new ideas."

"I drove home feeling that God had been with us and that it was a privilege to be with you all hearing about the quiet, but godly work that is being done by, with and for older people. It was also great to hear how The Gift of Years fits into the wider mission and vision of BRF."

A quite incredible 24 hours!

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