Empowering Communities to Care

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Author: Alex Drew

In our ageing society, the efforts of community groups, churches, and individuals such as Faith in Later Life Church Champions play a crucial role in supporting and promoting flourishing in later life. Their work addresses a significant gap in service provision, highlighting the importance of their (often voluntary) work. Imagine the potential impact if the government worked with and supported churches and communities to further enhance the lives of older people, what an even greater difference we could make together!

In light of this, I am pleased to share the document ‘Empowering Communities’ with you: https://faithinlaterlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Empowering-Communities-to-Care-1.pdf

Faith in Later Life is part of the coalition of charities that, coordinated by our partners Pilgrim Friends Society, has contributed to the development of Empowering Communities. This initiative has garnered support from key figures such as the Rt Revd Michael Beasley, Bishop of Bath & Wells, and Professor Keith Brown, Founding Director and Emeritus Professor of the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice.

Empowering Communities sets out a vision for social care which harnesses both statutory provision and community-based assets to create a new model for caring well for our ageing population. Containing important insights derived from scalable grass-roots initiatives, Empowering Communities helps shape thinking and policy-making in the social care sector.

We extend a warm invitation to join us for the launch event of Empowering Communities: unlocking local resources to transform how society cares for an ageing population

Date: Thursday, 13th June 2024
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: Council Room, Broadway House, Tothill Street, London, SW1H 0NQ  (2 minutes walk from Parliament Square)

During this event, we will have the opportunity to hear from social care service users, providers, and funders about the highlighted opportunities, along with time for networking. Light refreshments will be served. I hope you can make it.

Please RSVP to [email protected] by 31st May 2024.