Press Release from Faith in Later Life:
Social Work Leader appointed as first Ambassador
Faith in Later Life are delighted to announce that the founding Director of the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work and Professional practice, Professor Keith Brown, has been appointed as its first Ambassador.
Keith has been working alongside Faith in Later Life for a year, supporting their mission to encourage and equip churches in reaching, serving and empowering older people, in church as well as the wider community.
Keith now works regularly with Faith in Later Life, Jubilee Plus and Neighbourhood Prayer network, and in partnership with Faith in Later Life has produced guidance for Christian organisations including in Safeguarding Adults for the Church, Supporting and Valuing Older People, and Preventing Stress and Burnout within Christian Ministry.
As a Christian of over 40 years, Keith is a member of Above Bar Church in Southampton.
Keith is a regular commentator for the BBC on welfare issues, is a leading expert in his fields, and has written over 35 textbooks used as key texts by Health and Social Care Professionals.
Keith is currently the Chair of the Safeguarding Adults National Network and leads the National research into financial fraud and scams with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and the National Scams team. He has researched and published widely in the area of Mental Capacity and its implications for professional practice.
He is also a member of the National Mental Capacity Leadership Forum and the joint fraud task force and advises at the Department for Health and Social Care, Ministry of Justice and the Home Office.
Announcing Keith’s new role as an Ambassador, Carl Knightly, CEO of Faith in Later Life said:
“It has been a delight to have worked with Keith and got to know him during the last year. The recent guidance that Keith has produced for Faith in Later Life has been very well received across churches and Christian organisations. A key part of what Faith in Later Life offers is being a curator of resources which equip churches in their focus and work with older people. With this in mind it is wonderful to have access to Keith’s expertise and see his passion for Faith in Later Life.
In appointing Keith to this exciting new role within Faith in Later Life, I am privileged that we have such a trail blazer on our team. The wisdom and wealth of experience that Keith has is demonstrated by his having advised the UK Government, his writing vast numbers of books and publications, and his training of thousands of social workers over the years, and we are delighted to have Keith’s active support as we look forward and press on in encouraging and equipping Christians in their ministries with older people, and as we grow as a Christian voice for all older people.
Keith is an invaluable addition to Faith in Later Life, and I am relishing working with him further.”
Speaking of why he has accepted the invitation to take up this new honorary role, Professor Brown said:
“Faith in Later Life is more than an organisation; it’s a movement to see societal change in our nation when it comes to older people. The church must have a prophetic voice in the care and value of older people inside and outside of its buildings. Society is growing older and we must respond to that challenge, as well as recognising the benefits and all we gain from older people. Having spent a significant part of my career teaching students in the area of social work, I have felt a growing sense of being called for a time such as this, to now share that wisdom across the Christian landscape, prompted by my Christian faith.
Seeing the drive and passion of Faith in Later Life and having worked with them on a number of projects in the last 12 months, I was delighted to be approached to be their inaugural ambassador and did not hesitate to respond positively to the invitation.”
Former Social Care Minister, the Rt Hon Alistair Burt added his own congratulations:
“Having chaired the launch of guidelines for older people produced by Professor Keith Brown earlier in the Autumn, I was therefore delighted by Keith’s appointment as the first Ambassador for the work of Faith in Later Life.
Keith is an expert in his field and I look forward to seeing his wider influence in the work of Faith in Later Life, as it seeks to develop being a voice for and on behalf of the church when it comes to older people.”
Earlier this week James Maidment-Fullard interviewed our CEO Carl Knightly on the Christian radio station TWR. Carl offered his thoughts on the governments ‘shielding’ measures, and the continued impact of Coronavirus. This interview was in video format and you can watch the interview by clicking here.
Recently our CEO Carl Knightly spoke with Nikki Mills on Christian television channel Revelation TV. Carl was sharing about the work of ‘Faith in Later Life’ as well as the impact of Coronavirus, and how we can respond. You can watch this interview on our YouTube channel, using the below link.
Our CEO Carl Knightly recently spoke on Christian radio station TWR, sharing thoughts about how Christians can respond to the Coronavirus crisis. You can catch up below:
Carl was also interviewed on the nationwide mainstream ‘Talk Radio’ station, on 16th March, by Julia Hartley-Brewer on their breakfast show. You can catch up below:
Following the Faith in Later Life special parliamentary reception on 13th February 2020, you can watch a video news report of the event, on Global News Alliance news.
Watch the news report by clicking here.
Watch a live broadcast on the Christian international CBN news channel, which was broadcast immediately before our special Parliamentary Reception on 13th February from the UK Houses of Parliament.
Watch the video on our YouTube channel by clicking here.
Listen to CEO Carl Knightly speaking on Premier Radio about the Faith in Later Life mission, and how churches can reimagine how they serve and empower their older congregation.
Read about a special Parliamentary Reception recently, where a group of Christian MPs, church leaders and Christians in leadership were updated on all that Faith in Later Life is doing, and is encouraging Christians to get involved with.
To read more, click on this link.
Faith in Later Life Chief Executive, Carl Knightly, was interviewed in UCB radio recently, sharing all about the Faith in Later Life journey, how we began, what we seek to do, and the importance of ministry with older people. To listen back to the interview click on this link.
Catch the conversations Faith in Later Life Chief Executive Carl Knightly had with interviewers on BBC Radio Cornwall and BBC Radio Berkshire, on 15/12/19. Listen as Carl talks about loneliness at Christmas, and how Faith in Later Life is challenging Christians to reach, serve and empower older people beyond the Christmas season.
To listen to the BBC Radio Cornwall interview click here and listen in at 1 hour and 8 minutes.
To listen to the BBC Radio Berkshire interview click here and listen in at around 2 hours and 8 minutes.
From May 4th – 7th 2020 we are partnering with Keswick Ministries to bring you ‘Faith in the Second Half’, and week of teaching, inspiration and practical ideas relating a variety of aspects of later life.
Whether you are firmly in later life, have retired recently, or are reflecting on what life looks like now your children have left home, this conference aims to provide teaching and insight as well as practical ideas. You may be someone who wants to think about how to engage with older people in your community, or support a family member, or you may simply want to reflect on what the Bible has to say about older age.