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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.
We hope you enjoy this month’s Prayer Card on the theme of Easter Praise. We pray that this will bless and encourage you.
Easter is such a wonderful celebration of new life. As we reflect upon the Easter story and the triumphant resurrection of Jesus it brings us much hope of new life springing forth and of victory in every situation.
Easter is also a time when our gardens start to burst into life. The crocuses, snowdrops and daffodils push their heads above the soil where they have sat unseen in the cold and dark for many months. Many of us may feel the same in that we have been hidden away through the pandemic and so much activity has lay dormant, but God has not forgotten you! He is with you constantly. Let’s push our heads above the darkness like the daffodil and set our faces towards the warmth of His love.
Through this prayer card we hope that you will receive the hope, strength and resurrection power to move into a new season of life with Jesus.
God bless you,
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
From The Blog
Caraway hosts A Taste of Spring to our community, with over 160 people joining together for our virtual interactive event. After such a successful virtual Holiday@Home in November and knowing that a third lockdown in early in 2021 was was looming large. The Caraway volunteer army were keen to put together another positive event. SomethingMORE
It is totally amazing how much brightness and delight a seasonal bouquet can bring to someone isolated and lonely in our community. We are therefore, absolutely delighted to have teamed up with the talented @hopeblooms.floristry to spread the joy from this initiative. Delivering beautiful bouquets to our isolated older community across Southampton. HopeBlooms in Southampton!MORE
Yesterday, we held our In Celebration of Christmas 2020 service. With numbers limited and seats well-space, over 50 people attended our socially distanced, COVID secure service. Although things were rather different this year! Our 2020 COVID Christmas allowed for a peaceful service celebrating the nativity story with prayer, reflections on the story, song, and ribbonMORE
“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!”