Revd Dr Canon Erica Roberts is the City Chaplain for older people in Southampton
Esther Clift is Anna Chaplain for Southampton West
Kathy Hyde in Anna Chaplain for Southampton East
Margaret Hague is the Anna Chaplain for Southampton West, Lordshill, Lordswood, and Maybush.
Margaret Hague is the Anna Chaplain for Southampton West,
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Marion Hitchings is Anna Chaplain for Southampton East

Anna Chaplaincy and the City Chaplain for Older People

Anna Chaplains are community based and come alongside people as they navigate some of the challenges of older age. Their primary role is to listen, both affirming those in later life and helping them to celebrate the gift of life.

The City Chaplain , Erica Roberts leads the Anna Chaplaincy Team.

An Anna Chaplain is sent out by their local church to come alongside those who are older, irrespective of their faith, in order to promote the spiritual well-being of those in their older years. Anna Chaplains can be involved in pastoral visiting, taking a care home service, organising a Holiday at Home or a Dementia Friendly event and are always available with a listening ear.

Anna Chaplaincy is a BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship) initiative, supported by Anna Chaplaincy. The name Anna is inspired by the widow in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 2: 36-40), an older woman who ‘worshipped night and day, fasting and praying‘. Recognising Jesus as the hope for the nations, Anna blesses the baby when Joseph and Mary bring him to the Temple for the customary dedication. Like the widow Anna, the Anna Chaplain seeks to reflect God’s love and hope to those in their older years.

Caraway Care. A Bereavement and Loss Listening Service. 

Our Anna Chaplains and their volunteer helpers offer a listening service for those who have experienced Bereavment or loss to do with Dementia.

This is in collaboration with the NHS Admiral Nurses, who care for the carers and their family who live with dementia.


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


You do see your friends and neighbours, all being brought in. It’s a relaxed atmosphere . It means you do feel included in the church family. We’re a very close family and have friends of friends of friends, but the young people, they don’t have anybody . It continued church as I haven’t been so well lately after a fall. My balance is poor and my voice isn’t what it used to be, and I love to sing. I always knew when it was time to get up as I could hear Grandma in the kitchen, she sang

Liz’s Mum

I do enjoy all of it. I think the service at the start is good. I know some people find the little figures a bit patronising, but the discussions are good and it's good to meet up with friends and it's good to see all the displays. It does make you think. It’s the companionship and the friendliness. It’s just a pleasant few hours really. I think it’s nice to be using the church for a truly worshipping session.


Why do you come as a volunteer to help with events like Vintage Adventure in church?  …Well, as I’m getting older, I realise that for an awful lot of the elderly, they’ve not got very long left to get to know the lord So I think this generation is the most important ministry. If you’re in with students and you mess it up, they’ve got a whole lifetime when they can met somebody who will correct it. We haven’t got that luxury so this is a very important ministry and I just want to do my little bit.

Rob Childs

I come to Vintage Adventure because , being a single person, it’s good to come to places where I meet people and I think in a big church, any groups, be it for young or old to meet people on a much smaller scale is really important like homegroups  I think it is very good for the older generation to be catered for because they have certain emphases.

Pat ( Scottish dancer)