Living at Home scheme seeks volunteers

A successful local scheme which offers support to older people who want to live independently, Live At Home, is looking for more volunteers to assist with their services.

The Scheme, run by MHA, a Methodist founded charity, and supported by Cheshire East Council, offers services and support to help older people lead independent, active and fulfilled lives, and to live securely.

Members can choose from a wide range of services, which include home visits, a regular lunch club, coffee mornings and assisted shopping for special trips. Staff and volunteers also offer telephone services for befriending and prompts, for those with memory loss, while the “Forget Me Not” Dementia Café offers friendly assistance to people affected by dementia. There is also a monthly social afternoon group, services providing advice, information and advocacy, as well as social outings and day trips to enjoy.

Local schemes are run by Live at Home managers, and they are supported by a local committee. The services are provided by a dedicated team of volunteers, and they are always keen to welcome new members, for assisting with befriending, running the activity groups, administration and fundraising.

Local MP, David Rutley, recently met with Chris Harrop, Manager of the scheme in Macclesfield, to discuss progress made in recent months. As well as looking at the specific services provided, such as the “Forget Me Not” Café, they talked about how the scheme is being expanded to include services for Wilmslow, Knutsford and Congleton. This development will increase the need for support in running all aspects of the scheme.

Following the meeting, Chris said, “We are very grateful for David’s support, as we look to expand the scheme. We are always looking for new members, and will offer a friendly welcome to everyone. We also need more support, however big or small, so that we can continue to provide a service that members really appreciate, and that is fun and rewarding to be part of”.

Mr Rutley said: “The work done by Chris and the team in Macclesfield is greatly valued, and I would like to thank them all for their efforts. As our population gets older, the services provided by schemes such as Live at Home become even more important, to help older people live more fulfilled and less isolated lives. I would urge more people to get involved.”


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