The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

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Our first Roadshow session at Blessed John Henry Newman Parish

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Growing Old Grace-fully team

Rachel Walker from Growing Old Grace-fully and Rachel Beedle from Catholic Care Older People's Services led a short session to explore how the parish of Blessed John Henry Newman might continue to celebrate the gifts of older people, as well as support people in some of the challenges that may come along as we age.

The session used the recently published guide "Welcoming Older People - ideas for and from parishes" in considering how we need to cherish the blessings of later life as well as address the challenges, and how parishes have a really important role in being ‘little places of belonging'.

Parish members shared some of the wonderful activities already happening including the thriving Retirement Club which takes place every Monday and has over 100 members. This led to Rachel Beedle talking with great enthusiasm about some of the smaller Friendship Clubs that Catholic Care are supporting, including the one that meets on a Tuesday afternoon in St Joseph's Church Hall, Harrogate.

Both Rachels would like to thank both the people who attended for their warm welcome, and also those who made the session possible for their support.

If you are interested in arranging a session on how your parish can continue to be a ‘little place of belonging' for older people, please contact Rachel on 07702 255142. If you would like to know more about Friendship Groups, and other groups for older people in our Diocese supported by Catholic Care, please call 0113 388 5400 or email .

Published Fri 28th Jul 2017 08:47:35
Last Modified on Fri 28th Jul 2017 08:51:45

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