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The Maryvale Community Project provides services to meet the needs of older people and disabled people. These include:

/media/community-projects/library/maryvale.jpgTuesday Lunch Club: a weekly lunch club for older people to meet and socialise. The lunch club arranges different entertainment each week such as music, clothes sales, and light exercise. Some transport is provided.

Sunshine Club: a social club for adults with learning disabilities. The club offers people a chance to socialise and meet new friends.  Activities such as skittles, karaoke, quiz nights and crafts are provided, as well as trips out for meals and to local attractions. Some transport is provided.

Telephone Befriending Service: for people who do not wish to have a home visit but value the service. Monthly or more regular telephone calls are made.

Father Hudson’s became involved at the invitation of the Maryvale parish priest in 2005. We brought together a group of neighbours – people who had experience and expertise in social care and support, and who wanted to be involved in a project that would benefit the local community. The group wrote a constitution and surveyed the local community to find out just what was needed.

It became clear that elderly people living alone and disabled adults were the two main groups who would value support. Subsequently, the group designed a set of services to meet these needs, including use of the community centre, which the parish prepared and refurbished to serve the wider community.

/media/community-projects/library/young_dancing.jpgNow Maryvale employs its own staff, who ensure that services are well run, always with the support of a very committed volunteer team and the Board. The project values the support of Father Hudson’s Care. Father Hudson’s HR department helps with recruitment and with policies and procedures; Father Hudson’s Finance department supports the volunteer Treasurer on the Board with preparation of payroll; and the Head of Community Projects at Father Hudson’s Care is a member of Maryvale’s Board and is in regular contact with the Chair and the Company Secretary regarding staffing, funding and service issues.

Throughout its history, Father Hudson’s Care has supported Maryvale with funding bids. Father Hudson’s Trust Fundraiser works with team members to prepare funding applications. This is a very valuable in-kind donation to Maryvale.

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