From the Team Rector of All Saints’ Church
The Kings Langley Information Forum (KLIF) was formed in 2012 and was the initiative of the then Manager of Garrad House. The aim was to make a contribution to the wellbeing of older people in Kings Langley. The group drew together representatives from a number of agencies and organisations concerned about the welfare of older people e.g. Abbeyfield, Age UK, WI, the churches, Good Neighbours and Evergreens. Since those early days, other bodies have come on board e.g. Community Action Dacorum, HomeInstead and the Parish Council. The core group meets several times throughout the year and in the last 5 years it has organised several major community events focusing on a particular need(s) of the older community in Kings Langley.
The first event was a ‘Providers Fayre’ in the Community Centre in 2013 at which a large number of organisations providing services for older people presented their services on stalls around the Community Centre hall. Lunch was provided for those attending – over 50 attendees and 18 support organisations. A questionnaire distributed during the event provided the idea for the next event which was held in the same venue in 2014. This event was a presentation by the Citizens Advice Bureau on ‘Financial Entitlements’ for older people. On this occasion about 70 people attended. The 2016 event was entitled ‘Silver Street’, with presentations from a number of organisations concerned about the welfare and safety of older people in their homes.
As KLIF has become more established, a number of other interested individuals and groups have joined the core planning group, helping the group to look at issues of common concern, hence this year’s events on the theme of dementia. In May of this year there was a presentation on the theme of ‘Memory Loss/Dementia’, a growing concern within our contemporary society. The event was extremely successful and well supported, and so it was decided to hold another event along similar lines. This will be held on Wednesday 18th October at 7.00pm in the Services Club and is entitled ‘Dementia Awareness Event’, for those caring for someone who is living with memory loss or dementia. Invitations have also been sent to local shops and services in the village to help them better understand the issues faced by those living with the condition. To book a place at the event contact 01923 270304
There is no doubt whatever that KLIF has carved out a particular role for itself and is making a distinctive contribution to the wellbeing of older people in the village. It has had a presence at the annual Village Carnival and indeed is a recipient this year of a very modest donation from Carnival funds. Ann Martin (01923 267604) and myself (01923 291077) represent the churches of the village on KLIF and we will be happy to provide anyone with more information about KLIF.
The Revd Canon David Lawson
Christian Aid Prayers:
Business as a force for good
On the 16 October, Christian Aid’s new Salt business network will celebrate its first year of bringing business leaders together to tackle poverty. All businesses, large and small, have a critical role to play in building a just world. Through Salt, Christian Aid is supporting Christians in business to be part of the change, forming a united voice and helping businesses be a force for good. Please pray all business leaders across the world may lead and grow their businesses to benefit the whole community and to protect our planet’s scarce resources.
Cinnamon Lounge Meal: Monday 13 November: Tickets now on sale!
Tickets are now on sale for this popular meal in support of Christian Aid. They are priced £13 (£8 of which goes direct to Christian Aid) and can be obtained from Jeanette, Oscar, Hannah and the Bookshop.
Read the Autumn 2017 Campaign Update from our Christian Aid Committee.
The Kings Langley Christian Aid Annual Report for 2016 is available for download.