Recent Items: Health & Wellbeing

Linking Lives UK – Video launch

Linking Lives UK – a Christian project addressing social isolation and loneliness

You will no doubt be aware that loneliness and social isolation are issues of increasing concern in the UK, and Church Urban Fund have found that almost 70% of Anglican clergy see loneliness as the biggest issue in their communities.
You may also be aware that the government produced a Loneliness Strategy last November (2018) and we are working with them, along with other Christian organisations, to discuss the role of churches and faith groups in addressing these issues.
It is against this background that we launched a promotional film outlining our work, and we are looking for partners from churches and Christian organisations who would be interested in working with us to set up a Linking Lives befriending project in their community. The short film can be found on our website where further information can be downloaded.

Jeremy Sharpe, National Director, 10 May 2019

Click to view the Video!

This information is supplied by:

Jeremy Sharpe
National Director, Linking Lives UK

Tel: 0300 302 0225
Web: www.linkinglives.uk

Linking Lives UK – Registered Charity No: 1170325

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Mental health & wellbeing

Thinking of mental health and wellbeing, the Church has a great deal to say about what it means to be human with all its fragility, weakness and vulnerability alongside capacity for growth, development, wholeness, healing and the building of relationships. It is also able to offer alternatives to state provision and thinking about health and care.

Study day – Birmingham – 10 July 2018

The Social Responsibility Network arranged a study day for members and colleagues to share ideas, experience and resources on work with mental health and wellbeing and to talk about areas where the Church can make a contribution or a difference. Underpinning the conversations during the day was the fundamental importance of honouring the reality and gifting of each individual, using an asset-based community development approach in working with mental health and co-production with ‘experts by experience.’

Key Issues identified

Discussions in the morning identified a number of key issues that were addressed in more detail in workshops in the afternoon:

• Contextualised services and support for people moving back into the community.
• Theology and language used around mental health and wellbeing.
• Resources that are available, and what is missing that would be helpful. (A list of resources is now available!)
• Liturgy and spirituality. (see one example on this subject here!)
• Links between the Church and other professional organisations and services.
• Issues for dioceses.
• Campaigning and prevention. (For example Zero Suicide Alliance)

Top three discussion points…

Three sentences captured the thinking of the group discussions in the morning:
• No decision about me without me.
• Wellbeing and recovery depends on patient, personal agency.
• Broken people together can make whole communities.

Final thoughts

Some comments and questions from the day:
• There is more hope that a faithful parish church will be able to provide support than diocesan structures. It offers features that promote mental health – connection, belonging, identity, acceptance, meaning, a role, etc. But don’t give up on the diocese!
• Symptoms, not causes, are often being addressed.
• We can share insight that mental illness can be a spiritual / transformative experience.
• What will be the role of the Church in the political / social / economic map in the next 10-years? We need to begin to engage with these issues now.
• How do we make connections with other professionals and join things together? A good start would be to talk to people already in our churches who are working in mental health.
• Campaigns are based on engagement – does the Church own its investment in mental health?
• Talk to the most vulnerable people in the church about a spirituality that works for them.
• Affirm the importance of communities, love and relationships.
• Where is God calling me?

Prepared by Ann Wright, SRN, 2/8/2018

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stories for the soul

Weekly e-bulletin from Sheffield – 27 November 2018

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Here is some information from colleagues in Sheffield:

Stories for the Soul is an exciting initiative in the Diocese of Sheffield which offers an innovative ministry with older people, including those living with dementia. Inspired by Godly Play, it recognises the need for community, story and creativity to bring spiritual well being. It is having a significant missional impact in the Diocese and one of the leaders, Carrie Twist, has been awarded Dementia Care Champion at the National Dementia Care Awards 2018.

For more information and to book a day’s training on Dementia, Well being and Creativity in your Diocese. http://www.storiesforthesoul.org

The ebulletin that went out to the Diocese of Sheffield gives the photo that they used and more information

with thanks

Kathryn Lord