What is Pilgrim Care?
group of Christians from various Churches in St.
Andrews came together in 1994 to consider the
availability of Care facilities and of pastoral
support for the elderly in St. Andrews and the
They considered that a high quality Care housing
facility with a Christian ethos should be
available for the frail elderly in the area, and
began to discuss, plan and pray for this
Charitable venture. They envisaged the
provision of housing and personal care on the
basis of need rather than on income and ability
to pay; they wanted this Care facility to be
open to all elderly persons who might value a
Christian caring ethos, whatever their beliefs.
They also wanted to provide continuity of care,
tailored to personal needs, with facilities
ranging from Sheltered housing through to 24
hour care and basic nursing care.
The provision of Christian pastoral support for
the elderly was considered to be an essential
component of whole person Care and this should
be available both for residents in the Care
housing and also for those elderly still living
As a result of these Group Meetings, a Scottish
Charitable Company named Pilgrim Care was formed
and formally registered in March 1995 to work
for these aims. This has the support of local
Churches of all denominations. Pilgrim Care was
officially launched as a Scottish Charity at a
crowded public Meeting in St. Andrews Town Hall,
with the Baroness McFarlane as our then Patron
Management of Pilgrim Care
As a registered Scottish Charitable Company,
officially recognized by the Office of the
Scottish Charity Regulator and registered with
Companies House, Edinburgh, Pilgrim Care members
elect a Board of Directors who are also Charity
Trustees; the Directors take appropriate action
in line with our Constitution and take
responsibility for finances and formalities.
Members are liable for only £1 stg. if the
How did Pilgrim Care approach this task?
Pilgrim Care has two closely linked aims:
the provision of Care housing to be managed
and run with a Christian ethos; and
to assist local Churches and individuals who
provide pastoral caring support for the
For both of these aims, the highest professional
standards and proven experience are essential.
For the Care housing facility, high quality
buildings are needed and Pilgrim Care has
therefore visited several such Care Homes,
and has taken advice from, and negotiated
with, appropriate Care providers, Building
developers, Planning Authorities and
The concept of a Care village in attractive
grounds, with sheltered housing adjacent to
a continuing Care Home was recommended.
To design and operate such facilities
requires collaboration with an experienced
Care Housing provider with a record of high
quality Care for the elderly. Pilgrim Care
has therefore been in negotiations with
several highly regarded Care providers, one
of whom has agreed to provide the personal
care for residents and is in discussions
about suitable facilities.
The other related objective is to ensure the
provision of Christian pastoral care and
support for elderly residents of the
proposed Care facility and also for those
still at home. To this end, and to assist
local Churches of all denominations in their
provision of social and spiritual support
for the elderly in the community, Pilgrim
Care has organized and provided professional
training courses in Pastoral Care in
collaboration with the Edinburgh Charity,
‘Faith in Older People’.
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