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Caraway Resource and Refresh Day

Wednesday April 1st 2020, 10:00 – 4:00pm | Highfield Church Centre

Free event, suggested donation £10 per person.

email to reserve a space, or Highfield Church Office on 02380 558234

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Welcome to Caraway

Celebrating the richness and wisdom of old age, Caraway aims to promote and resource the spiritual well-being of those in their older years. We are a Christian charity working alongside those with and without faith in Southampton and beyond.

Working in partnership with churches and the health and social sectors, Caraway supports those at home, in the community and in residential care, particularly addressing the needs of those who are lonely, socially isolated or living with dementia.

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Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.

Mark Twain

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Autumn is really the best of the seasons; and I'm not sure that old age isn't the best part of life.


It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?

Job 12:12

The glory of young men is their strength, grey hair the splendour of the old.

Proverbs 20: 29

Resourcing Chaplaincy

Our Anna Chaplains are community based and support those navigating the changes we face in older age. Their primary role is to listen, both affirming those in their later years and helping them to celebrate the gift of life. An Anna Chaplain hopes to be a friend along the journey, supporting those with and without faith; listening, praying and building bridges with others in their local community.

Supporting Care Homes

As we age, it is the most vulnerable in our communities that reside in care homes and supported housing. Often living with complex physical and cognitive needs, caring for the whole person holistically is a fundamental priority for each person to flourish until the end of their life. Working with churches across the city, Caraway aims to have a presence in all care homes, offering worship, prayer and companionship.

Creating Community

Belonging to a community with it’s own identity is a core need for every human being. Caraway aims to create opportunities to connect people through church, community and local events, so new friendships are forged and old nurtured. Bringing the generations together is a key priority, so that the older person feels valued and part of our wider society.

Combating Loneliness

The poet, John Milton wisely noted that, “Loneliness was the first thing that God’s eye named not good.” Loneliness has become known as ‘The Silent Epidemic’, as increasing numbers are recognised as socially isolated and disconnected from community. Caraway hopes to both raise awareness in the city around these issues, and enable opportunities for older people to connect through local events and befriending.

Anna Chaplains

Anna Chaplains are available across Southampton to listen, to pray and to connect you with others in the community. Contact your local Anna Chaplain here if you’d like a visit or more information.

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Training and Resourcing

Regular training events are run for those working alongside older people, in church, community or care. We can also come to your group to talk further about Caraway and our work.


Holiday at Home

For the young at heart! These themed events bring older people together over a day of fun and friendship; so pack your bags and get ready!

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We gather monthly to build a community that provides a safe and hospitable space to creatively explore the Christian faith, through story-telling, craft, and music, finishing with a simple lunch together.

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If we can help you as an individual, or as a carer, group, or partner, we would love to hear from you. We also welcome your suggestions, as we continue to shape the future of Caraway.

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Caraway is a registered charity. Support us to resource our older community.

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      New Anna Chaplain, Kathy Hyde
      New Anna Chaplain, Kathy Hyde

      Welcome to Kathy Hyde, a new Anna Chaplain for the East side of Southampton and Sholing in particular. we had a special commissioning service at St mary’s Church, Sholing on Sunday September 29th and Revd Canon Paul Moore, Archdeacon for Mission from the Winchester Diocese came to conduct the service with Revd Erica Roberts and

      Film Afternoons and a Memory Café
      Film Afternoons and a Memory Café

      Over the past six months, Caraway, and Portswood Dementia Action Group have been partnering with our…


      A quote from Julia Burton-Jones at General Synod! It was exciting to hear the importance of Anna Chaplaincy in an ageing population being discussed at the Church of England Parliament, General Synod. Not only were stories shared illustrating the impact of good pastoral care for the older person, but an exciting motion was passed recommending

      Robert Browning

      “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in his hand who saith, ‘A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!

      Robert Browning