Older people

Celebrating Older People

“Notts Facing a Population Time Bomb.” This was a recent headline in the local press. The elderly population of England is growing – and Notts is ahead of the national average. It has been described as the biggest transformation in society since the Welfare State. By 2020 the number of over 65’s in Notts is forecast to increase by 33%. And the number of 85s – an age group which needs a greater level of care – will go up a massive 45%. The growth is 6% ahead of the national average in England and means Councils will have to drastically overhaul the way they deliver care.

In this diocese we benefit from the ministry of countless older people who pray, worship and connect with the local community in so many ways.  We also minister to many older people, visiting care homes, ministering to those who are bereaved, end of life ministry, organising lunch clubs, Men in Sheds, Senior Alpha, Start courses and befriending schemes.

The Diocesan Older Peoples Advisory Group (DOPAG) has been set up to help co-ordinate and celebrate what we are doing and to explore how we can work more effectively with other potential partners. We also seek to identify training opportunities and how to share good practice.

This year’s ‘Celebration of Older People’ will take place on  Wednesday, 18th July, at 2pm.  We will be holding a cafe style service in the Crossing of Southwell Minster and our preacher will be The Revd Phil Marsh, Vicar of Wilford Benefice.

Taking up the challenge: Caring for people with dementia – click here for more info

Tips for keeping warm this winter – click here for more info

The Silver Line is a confidential free helpline for older people, open every day and night of the year. Click here to download further information.

For tips on how to reach out to the elderly click here

Setting up a Holiday Club for the elderly can be challenging, fun and extremely rewarding.For more information please click here

Men in Sheds is a project aimed at older men who are feeling isolated or experiencing major changes in life, such as retirement or bereavement. Click here for more information.

For more information about the work of DOPAG please contact
Mr Paul Howard, Partnerships Officer: Older People
Tel: 07827 291725
e-mail: paul.howard@southwell.anglican.org