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Cardinal Nichols: “the elderly are a treasure to be nurtured”

On 4 December 2019, Carol Hill (Director of Catholic Care) attended a gathering in London at which two major new resources on care in our ageing society were launched. The event was hosted by Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) and addressed by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

Care in Time’ is a new report, which Catholic Care has contributed to, exploring how senior leaders of Catholic organisations can address the increasing concerns of charities and carers about the prospects for the care of older people in England and Wales. The report extends social thought on care and ageing, drawing for example on the statements of St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict and Pope Francis.

During his address the Cardinal highlighted the causes of the social care crises affecting older people and the needs for increased political attention.

The second new resource, launched by Carol Hill, entitled ‘Reaching Out’ is a fruit of the 3 year Embrace Project, collaboration between Catholic Care, Caritas Diocese of Salford, Father Hudson’s Care and CSAN. Over 20 new group activities were established by Catholic parishes, involving over 1,000 people of all ages within and beyond the Catholic community. This is a new resource for parishes to discern and organise local group based social activities that older people feel are right for them.

In her launch Carol said: “I really do feel that it’s such a user friendly guide, and it can inspire social action in parishes across England and Wales to enhance the lives of older people living in our communities”.

She added: “this is an excellent opportunity for the Church, through its lay people to support its older congregations through social action”.

The ‘Reaching Out’ resource is available to download from the CSAN website: CSAN.ORG.UK