‘Daily Hope’ is a free phone line and can be called on 0800 804 8044. It has a number of options including hymns, prayers, reflections and advice about Covid-19. When a caller phones the phone line they will receive a message from the Archbishop of Canterbury welcoming them, and they will then have a variety of options- they can listen to rolling hymns, or prayers, or a session taking the caller through old hymns and explaining their meaning. There is also be an option to listen to a Sunday service. So something for everyone hopefully. Created together with the Church of England, Faith in Later Life and the Connections group of Holy Trinity Claygate, in Surrey, it is available for anyone but is designed particularly with older people in mind – many of whom do not have access to the internet.
Give it a try and spread the word!
Here are some ways you can do this:
You can forward the press release here to your local newspaper, community organisation and local council, particularly those involved in social care.
You can use the blog article here to write something for your Church magazine – or simply copy and paste, that’s fine! It would be great to get a quote from someone local who has used it too.
Download a poster from our resource hub here which you can print and put up in your local shop, bus stop or other local places which remain open during lockdown- or in your front window! Alongside this we also have a “menu” card which explains the options available to callers when they call the phone line. You can download and print that from here.
And if you want to share on Facebook or other social media, using the logo, just send us a message on social media or here, and we will send you the image file that you need.
Or give someone a call and tell them. As the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says, ““I want to urge people to spread the news about this service. If there is someone you know who is particularly struggling, give them a call and let them know about the Daily Hope. I’m going to phone a friend; will you join me?”
Do you have any other ideas? Let us know! You can contact us for any other publicity you need to spread the word.