Godly Play can improve the spiritual wellbeing of older adults in care settings.
These settings include nursing homes, residential care, retirement villages, lunch clubs, with intergenerational groups. It also works with older people who are living with dementia.
Our new project began in Sheffield in February 2016 (funded by the Diocese of Sheffield and the Sheffield Church Burgesses Trust) and now this has grown into a national project (funded by a Christian Projects grant from The Henry Smith Charity). It is being delivered by Mutual Blessings on behalf of Godly Play UK.
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We are inviting everyone, nationally and internationally, interested in using Godly Play with Elders in Care Settings to join our Godly Play Elders team, which has an online space where people can: share their stories and experiences; view resources, write-ups and images from the Launch Days (in Sheffield and Birmingham), find all the latest updates on this work; ask questions and interact with other team members. Please complete this contact form.
One day training in using Godly Play with Elders in Care Settings is beginning July to October in 2016 (all run in Sheffield), with further training days in different locations to be scheduled for later in the year.
NB numbers for each training day are limited and we recommend early booking. Each day will begin with refreshments 30 minutes before the start and lunch is provided.
The one day training will address:
- the spirituality of older people;
- adapting Godly Play for a variety of care settings;
- the wider blessings of Godly Play in a care setting;
- working with care home managers and care home staff.
The training is for those who have already completed the 3 day accredited Core training in Godly Play.
Please enter your details to reserve a place on one of the training days and await our confirmation email, with payment instructions.
- Cost £10 registration fee and suggested donation of £20
- Lunch and refreshments are provided.
- Payment: once we have confirmed your place, after you have completed the form we will email you with instructions on how to make your payments (using any of the following BACS, cheque, PayPal or cash).
Contact Kathryn Lord firstname.lastname@example.org
Using Godly Play with people living with Dementia
Church Publishing, Inc has released a digital book by US Godly Play Trainer The Rev. Lois Howard: Using Godly Play with Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients. Based on Lois’ years of experience with the Godly Play method and practice in facilities with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Richard Allen, NHS mental health Chaplain, and Alison Seaman describe their experience of using Godly Play in a day care setting with people living with dementia. They reflect on the specific issues raised by working with older people with short-term memory problems.