A NEW charity for older people in Hampshire has been launched this month.

The new organisation, Caraway, had its official launch party on Tuesday, October 16, at Highfield Church in Southampton.

The charity aims to provide the community with events and visiting to older people, especially those who are lonely, isolated or with dementia and their carers.

Chairman of trusties at Caraway, Dr. Ros Simpson, a retired GP, said: "Our message is that older people's well being and the way they feel matters.

"We want them to feel valued in the community.

"We want to set up creative ways to include older people in activities and not the usual sitting in a circle playing games."

The launch was celebrated with afternoon tea and was attended by Sheriff of Southampton Peter Baillie.

The party was also attended by the charities partners some of which including Age UK, Dementia Action, and Alzheimer's Society.

The charity works in association with churches and health sectors to help support hose at home, in the community and in residential care.

It is supported by a network of church-based Anna Chaplains, who offer friendship and intensive listening to older people.

All of the money donated to the charity goes towards helping older people within the community.

Sheriff Peter Baillie said: "The launch was most enjoyable.

"The church was packed with people sat around tables having tea and cakes.

"The charity itself seems to be trying to address a very important issue for people as they get older – their mental and spiritual health.

"They seem to have some exciting expansion plans and already have many events for older people to get involved.

"A good afternoon for a very good cause.

"Debbie Thrower was an excellent speaker."