The Leveson Centre
for the study of Ageing, Spirituality and Social Policy
The Leveson Centre, part of the Foundation was launched in January 2001 with the first Leveson Lecture given by the then Bishop of Birmingham, Rt Revd Mark Santer. It arose from a conviction that the contribution of older people to society was often devalued and that the church shared in this. We hoped therefore to be a local and national focus for the interdisciplinary study of ageing, spirituality and social policy through practical education, training, research and reflection on the role of older people in the 21st century. The roots of the Leveson Centre are firmly grounded in the practical experience of caring for older people in the Foundation.
The Rev'd Kathy Lloyd Roberts is master of the Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson and directs the work of the Leveson Centre. See Key Staff Members.
Mrs Jen Jones provides administrative support for the Centre, including distributing publications and answering queries on the telephone (01564 778022).
Aims of the Leveson Centre
At the Leveson Centre we bring together for study, reflection and the exchange of ideas and information those of all faiths - and none - who share our belief that older people should not be considered passive recipients of care, but as valued and cherished members of society who can inform and enrich the lives of others. In particular we are developing an understanding of spirituality as lived by older people and we aim to support them to express their spiritual awareness. We believe that Christian churches can make a distinctive contribution to the development of social policy and thus we respond and contribute to social policy initiatives from Government and elsewhere and challenge preconceptions. In all our work we try to bridge gaps between theory and practice as well as supporting and enabling older people themselves to influence policy makers, professionals, carers and churches.
What do we do?
The work of the Leveson Centre consists of a number of distinct elements:
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