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 and from The Vine Church in Sheffield). 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, find all the latest updates on this work; ask questions and interact with other team members. Please complete this contact form.
We also have a Facebook page Godly Play Elders
We offer a one day training for using Godly Play with elders. These are for anyone who has completed the 3 day accreditation course in Godly Play. Our next Training Day is in Cambridge on 14th July.
The one day training will address:
- the spirituality of older people;
- adapting Godly Play for a variety of care settings;
- working with elders who have dementia;
- working with care home managers and care home staff.
Contact Kathryn Lord email@example.com
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.