15 June 2015
LET’S TALK - Faith in Older People in collaboration with the Church of Scotland Guild, Edinburgh University Chaplaincy and Good Life; Good Death; Good Grief
Venue: Edinburgh University Chaplaincy
Civic café discussion on end of life issues
Cost: £45.00 including lunch
10.00 Arrive - tea and coffee
Iain Whyte, Church of Scotland Guild
Maureen O'Neill, Faith in Older People
10.45 Mark Hazelwood – Scottish Palliative Care Association
‘Can you solve a problem without talking about it’
11.00 Break into small groups (6-8 maximum)
12.15 Feedback one critical idea/issue from each group
13.30 Rev Dr Harriet Harris- Edinburgh University Chaplaincy
13.45 Break into small groups
15.00 Write up individual and group ideas for us to take away and write up
15.15 Closing remarks
Maureen O’Neill and Iain Whyte
The format is intended to allow participants to work in small groups to discuss a range of issues. Each table will have a facilitator and participants can move table if they so wish. We will keep a note of the key issues raised so that they can be used to influence policy and practice for the future.
Mark Hazelwood, Chief Executive of the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
Rev Dr Harriet Harris, University Chaplain and Head of the Chaplaincy Service
Iain Whyte, General Secretary, Church of Scotland Guild
Maureen O’Neill, Director of Faith in Older People
29 June 2015
RISK AND RESILIENCE - One day workshop
Venue: St Augustine’s, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
This event will explore how older people are able to keep their wellbeing buoyant as they face losses and changes in their circumstances.
Cost: £45.00 including lunch
10.00 Arrive and Coffee
10.30 Welcome and introduction to the day
Maureen O’Neill, Director, Faith in Older People
10.40 'Hands off! It's my risk, not yours!'
Professor Charlotte Clarke,
School of Health and Social Science, Edinburgh University
11.40 ‘Habits of Resilience’
Rev. Dr. Harriet Harris
Chaplain, Edinburgh University
12.20 Discussion and reflection
Working in small groups we aim to identify and share good practice examples from your own experiences, and apply the concepts of risk and resilience to the inner growth of people as they age.
We will be able to ask ourselves questions about how we can better facilitate the wellbeing of people as they age and identify some things which support us to achieve this. It will be fun! We will use some novel gaming approaches to help us explore these issues - taking snakes and ladders to places it has never reached before!
2.45 Feedback and ideas for future action
Professor Charlotte Clarke, Head of the School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh
Revd Dr Harriet Harris, University Chaplain and Head of Chaplaincy Service, University of Edinburgh
22 October 2015
MALCOLM GOLDSMITH LECTURE 2015
Speaker: Professor Sir Harry Burns
Venue: Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor,
Grosvenor Street, Edinburgh
Lecture - The causes of wellness throughout life
Cost: £16.00 including wine reception
For further information on any of the above events, please contact Mary Wilkinson
Faith in Older People (FiOP) is a Scottish National Charity based in Edinburgh. Its focus is on ’spirituality and ageing’. We define spirituality as ‘that which gives meaning and purpose to our lives’.
Research and practical action has evidenced that the spiritual dimension is of great importance as we age. This is a time when we come to terms with issues that matter towards the end of our lives. It guides the achievement of person-centred care by understanding the inner person and their values, and to take this as the starting point for caring practice.
Enabling a better understanding of the importance of the spiritual dimension to the well-being of older people
to educate, encourage and support volunteers, health and social care workers, members of faith communities and other agencies to increase their understanding of spiritual care and issues around ageing.
to deliver events, courses and materials to meet identified need.
to continue to build the capacity and efficiency of the organisation.
The concept of spirituality is difficult to understand although there is an increasing acknowledgement that it plays an important part in our lives. There are two approaches to the definition of spirituality; both acknowledge a search for meaning. For some people a divine presence is central; for others spirituality is a secular concept involving inner life and personal belief.
Five ways of thinking about spirituality as:
For a fuller explanation please go to the publication ‘Insights’ – spirituality and ageing: implications for the care and support of older people’ published by IRISS, written by Dr. Harriet Mowat and Maureen O’Neill