All are welcome to a joint SVP/Caritas event at St Cuthbert Mayne parish in Launceston from 10.30-15.30 on Saturday 20 April to discuss ageing in the South West and how we are called to respond. (Lunch is included so booking is essential).  Register here.

Pope Francis has made “old age” a pastoral priority of his pontificate. Alongside migration and climate change, he has said that it is one of the most urgent issues facing the human family at this time. The Pope has repeatedly called out “the cruel abandonment of older persons” during the pandemic and has established a World Day of Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly. This event will celebrate the wonderful contribution older people make to society – including through volunteering – as well as encouraging parishes to think about how we can support each other if people need greater care and support as they age. We want to promote and defend the rights of older persons and create a culture that cherishes life at all stages – especially when it is at its most vulnerable.

This is a partnership event with SVP, with guest speakers coming to join us. We hope the day will support us all to think through the implications of an ageing society and to gather good practice already in place  and new ideas which can be shared across the diocese.

(Picture from the Age Positive Image Library)