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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.
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 and Portswood Dementia Action Group seek Dementia Friendly Volunteers to: help host Memory Cafes across Southampton make regular phone contact checking on the wellbeing of families living with dementia Would you be able to give the gift of your time? Families living with dementia have struggled with extended periods of isolation over the courseMORE
Community Spirit shines bright for Christmas 2021 Vintage Adventure Yesterday, Caraway hosted the first Vintage Adventure in person since March 2020 where it was wonderful to see so many happy, smiling faces at Highfield Church. Community spirit truly outshone any COVID clouds, with over seventy friends from across Southampton attending for our Christingle celebrations. TheMORE
Southampton’s Memory Café makes a welcome return Over the last few months, we are delighted to see the return of Southampton’s Memory Café. This is a much-loved resource for families living with dementia to gain advice, support and a listening ear over a cup of tea with cake. All of Southampton’s memory cafés are runMORE
“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!”