Anna Chaplaincy & Dementia Conference

The Cumbria Annual Dementia Anna Chaplaincy Conference will

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take place on-line this year on

18th September 2021

The annual Dementia conference is being broadened to consider all older people’s faith journeys. It will be held this year on September 18th 2021, and will be in an online format.

The conference title is ‘Breathing in Hope: Working with Stories of Change’ and we aim to create an opportunity for people to hear about stories of hope that bring about good changes for older people and people with dementia.

We are very pleased to welcome a number of speakers who will share their expertise and experiences. Our speakers include Keith Albans, Methodist Minister and former Director of Chaplaincy and Spirituality at MHA Homes, and Kathryn Lord who will introduce us to Stories for the Soul offering an experiential way to share faith stories that feed our soul.

There will also be speakers talking about practical initiatives being undertaken to provide telephone befriending (Linking Lives), setting up friends groups for care homes (Care Home Friends) and the provision of music for people with dementia (Lyrics and Lunch).

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Keith Albans
Keith Albans
Keith Albans has recently retired after 37 years as a Methodist Minister, serving in York, Birmingham, Sheffield and York (again!). Between 2001 and 2017 he was Director of Chaplaincy & Spirituality at Methodist Homes (MHA) during which time he developed the Chaplaincy service in their 90 Care Homes and developed training programmes on Spirituality in Ageing and End of Life Care. He co-edited God me and Being Very Old (SCM 2013) and has worked with Churches in addressing the issues of later life. His interests include Cricket, Walking, Running, Singing and being a [Image] Grandad.

Terry Peate

Terry was involved in the founding and launch of Cockermouth Linking Lives as part of Linking Lives UK in 2019.
Terry has a long history of working in the health sector, including managing a large doctors’ cooperative, a hospital for young people suffering with eating disorders and in helping many hospital trusts in the north of England with the placement of older patients into an appropriate care setting.
Cockermouth Linking Lives supports over 60 lonely and isolated people through over 50 volunteers who spend up to an hour every week either speaking with or visiting them, to provide friendship and support.

Jeanette Main
Jeanette Main

Jeanette Main is the founder and leader of the Lyrics and Lunch Network. A music teacher by training, Jeanette now works for St Thomas Church Lancaster overseeing ministry and outreach among older people. Lyrics and Lunch has been running for almost 8 years and in 2016 the project won the Premier Radio Love Britain and Ireland Award in the category of work with older people as well as being in the final of the Cinnamon Incubator Awards.  Their Mission Statement is:  "Reaching those living with dementia and their carers with the love of God."

Tina English
Tina English
Tina is the founder and director of the Christian charity Embracing Age, which runs the Care Home Friends and Carers Connected projects. Tina trained as a nurse many years ago and specialised in the care of older people, before working in the charity sector. She has recently written a book, “A Great Place to Grow Old” about reimagining ministry amongst older people. It is being published in the autumn. She loves being crafty and kayaking.

Kathryn Lord
Kathryn Lord
Kathryn is co-founder of DoBeDo – encouraging the re-enchantment of life through stories, relationships, playfulness and openness to change. She is co-director of OutoftheBox Training and Consultancy which is a not for profit company training and supporting people in OutoftheBox and Deep Talk. These are playful, relational approaches for sharing stories in communities such as care settings, schools, religious organisations and work places.
Kathryn is co-founder of Stories for the Soul to promote community, story and creativity in care homes for older people. From this is developing Our Church at Home for older people gathering together ‘as Church’ but welcoming and inclusive for people of all generations and worldviews.
Kathryn lives in Sheffield, loves wild swimming and views everything - the "successes" and the "failures" - as learnings along the way.

Dr Katherine Froggatt
Anna Chaplaincy Lead

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