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Partnership helps us work Better Together to support older people in Staffordshire

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Father Hudson's Care is pleased to be working in partnership with Methodist Homes for the Aged (MHA) to deliver a new project in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire supporting vulnerable and isolated older people.

Thanks to a four-year grant from the Big Lottery Fund, Father Hudson's and MHA will expand and enhance existing services, and develop additional services in new areas of Stoke and Newcastle-under-Lyme. The Better Together project is operated by MHA’s Stoke Live at Home scheme in partnership with Father Hudson’s Young at Heart initiative.

The partnership will significantly increase the support available for vulnerable and isolated older people, enabling both charities to employ additional staff and recruit more volunteers to establish at least ten new social and activity groups in and around Stoke. The grant will also help fund trips out, dancing and exercise clubs, craft sessions and talks from other organisations involved in adult social care, as well as introducing technology classes focusing on the use of tablet computers, mobile phones and Skype./media/news/library/big-lottery-fund-logo.jpg

The project will also help alleviate loneliness and isolation within local communities through an outreach and support service, which will deliver home visits and face-to-face or telephone befriending activities.   

Matt Ford, Community Project Co-ordinator for Young at Heart said, “The grant offer is brilliant news. The funding will transform the lives of the older people we already support and the lives of many more across Staffordshire that we can now reach. The groups, activities, trips out and home visits all mean so much to them. I’m very pleased that Father Hudson’s Care is working with MHA and I look forward to developing this partnership with them.”

Liz Daley, MHA’s Stoke Live at Home Manager said, “The number of isolated older people living alone is growing.  The National Lottery funding will ensure that we can carry on delivering these vital services, which so many older people in the local community depend on. For a lot of our members our scheme is the only activity they come to all week; we might be the only people they speak with all week. Having just celebrated our 25th anniversary, this grant is validation for the great work we have been undertaking in the community over the last couple of decades.”

Young at Heart and MHA are united by a shared Christian ethos of love and care that underpins our work. The new project will enable us to reach out to more older people, enabling them to live life to the fullest – independent, active, social, connected, happier and healthier. 

To find out more about Young at Heart, please visit their pages on this website. Or for more information about MHA, visit their website www.mha.org.uk

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