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faith in older people May 10th 2024

21A Grosvenor Crescent


Registered Charity SC038225   Registered Company SC 322915 Limited by Guarantee with charitable status


1 May 2024




Dear Friends and Colleagues (apologies for any duplication of previous email)




Despite the great strides FiOP has made in developing awareness of the value of spiritual care and in producing practical information and training in relation to – amongst other topics - spiritual care and dementia, all of which have been used by a wide range of individuals and organisations, including the Scottish Government, we were shocked to be told recently that our Section 10 continuing business Grant would be withdrawn but we could bid for a project.  Although we were successful in this, it leaves us with a larger funding gap than usual and the need to fill it more urgently.  We have two part-time staff, and we manage on a small budget for which we fundraise and to date have appreciated a contribution to costs from the Scottish Government. 


Faith in Older People became a registered charity in 2007 following preliminary work undertaken by our founder, the Rev Malcolm Goldsmith who became Rector of St Cuthbert's Scottish Episcopal Church, Colinton, Edinburgh in 1994.  Malcolm recognised that many older people were becoming more isolated from the church activities in which they had been involved and the friendships they had formed.  In his own congregation, he had put in place someone to support the needs of these older people and believed that it was important to share the learning and potential with others.


Please become a friend of FiOP – every £25, or any donation, makes a difference to us and you will receive our regular newsletter and invitations to seminars and conferences which we organise.


Help us to continue:

  • to have 10 newsletters each year

  • the Annual Malcolm Goldsmith Lecture

  • training events

  • networking and collaborating with key organisations

  • organise at least 7 seminars each year.

  • develop our themes of spiritual care education, dementia, mental health, end of life, and loneliness and isolation

  • Anna Chaplaincy development

  • Research

  • Contribute to policy development


Key successes

  • Publication of The Gift of Age Report setting out the contribution of older people in our faith communities and to wider society

  • Malcolm Goldsmith lecture – 2023 Rt Rev Sally Foster Fulton, Moderator of Church of Scotland Assembly (70)

  • Discussions with Interfaith Scotland

  • Research that contributed to the SG Spiritual Care Framework (May 2023)

  • 8 seminars

  • 1 conference (attendance for seminars and conference around 400)

  • One Step at a Time – A dementia Resource for Faith Communities

  • Awareness of the benefits of Anna Chaplaincy

  • Invited monthly blogs

  • Newsletter – distributed 7000 + annually

  • And more …..


We are continually seeking funds from trusts, but your contribution would be of great value. We are very grateful to all our existing Friends of FiOP and for all our donations and grants.


With all good wishes

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