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Bishop and Archdeacon help out at local charity

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The Rt Rev Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester and the Ven Michael Harley, Archdeacon of Winchester, have been helping out at the St John’s Winchester Charity recently to learn more about social care provision for the elderly and raise awareness of what Church charities are doing to make a difference.

The St John’s Charity is one of the oldest charitable institutions in the country. As a Christian foundation, the charity expresses a tradition of hospitality rooted in Jesus’ commandment to love others as you love yourself. It provides sheltered almshouse accommodation, day care and residential and nursing care.

Bishop Tim and Archdeacon Michael lent a helping hand in the charity’s Undercroft Coffee Shop, run by the YMCA with St John’s staff and a number of Almshouse residents.

During the visit Tim and Michael met with the Charity’s hard working care staff as well as Richard Steel, Chairman of the Trustees and the Charity’s Chaplain, the Revd Alison Dobell. They talked to residents about social care issues in the local community, the different options available and what the Church is doing to support elderly people across Winchester.

They were also able to visit to the Charity’s specialist facilities including Devenish House Nursing Home, the Charity’s home for frail elderly residents who need nursing or residential care.

The Rt Rev Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester said of the visit: “I was delighted to be able to spend time at the St John’s Winchester Charity. It’s important that we recognise the contribution these residents have made to their communities over the years, and that now they receive the best level of care that they so deserve. It’s inspiring to see the services that St John’s is offering, inspired by the love of Jesus, from specialist nursing care to lunch clubs and community events.”

The Ven Michael Harley, Archdeacon of Winchester added: “The St John’s Winchester Charity is a central part of Winchester and it has been a pleasure to visit and meet staff and residents and see crucial work that takes place.”

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Photographs show the Rt Rev Tim Dakin and the Ven Michael Harley with staff and residents during their visit.

St John’s Winchester Charity is a Christian foundation and one of the oldest charitable institutions in the country. It provides sheltered almshouse accommodation, day care and residential and nursing care for needy older people. The Charity’s mission is to maintain the hope, comfort, tranquillity and dignity of all residents and to preserve and foster independence whilst understanding and supporting residents in the face of increasing frailty. The Charity currently has four sites of almshouse accommodation comprising 82 units which at present house 93 residents. For more information visit http://www.stjohnswinchester.co.uk/

For more information please call the Diocese of Winchester media team on 020 7618 9197, or email dioceseofwinchester@luther.co.uk

The terms of the foundation of the Charity stipulate that the Bishop of Winchester nominate one of the Trustees. His current nomination, Mr David Sanders, has been a Trustee since 1998 and wishes to stand down after his current term comes to an end, and so the visit provided a good opportunity for the Bishop and the Archdeacon to talk about possible successors.