On Saturday 9 September, Sarah Hargreave, a 73-year-old disabled driver from the Greenway Benefice near Cheltenham, completed a mission to visit all the churches in Gloucestershire. She combined a research project with a fundraising effort for the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust (GHCT).
Each year, Mothers’ Union participates at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, in New York. In 2018 the focus will be on issues relating specifically to women in rural areas throughout the world; in preparation for this Mothers’ Union recently surveyed our membership to find out the views and experiences of those […]
In 2014, Pilling St John the Baptist, in Morecambe Bay, was invited to be one of two parishes working with Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre on a project exploring rural isolation. Around twenty people from the local community, representing churches, charities, local business, and the parish council came together to highlight key issues facing the […]
The seed for this ministry was sown in me as I sat listening to Liz Ogborne speak at the 2016 Germinate Conference. Liz was talking about Prayer Spaces in Schools (prayerspacesinschools.com), where they encouraged pupils to write a prayer on a cut-out of their hand and hang it on a tree as a way of […]
More than 4,000 children contacted Childline in the past year because they were lonely. At the other end of the age spectrum, elderly people are also suffering from loneliness and isolation: there are 1.8 million people over 75 in the UK who are profoundly lonely, according to Linking Lives UK, which is working with churches […]
Each edition of Country Way magazine contains a pull-out resources section. Here are a selection of resources designed to help you combat isolation and loneliness in your rural community.