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HEADING ONLINE: Northwood scheme for elderly adapts to residents’ needs

 Published on: 16th July 2020   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Like so many other organisations, MHA Northwood Live at Home has been helping its members differently over the past few months. 

The scheme exists to combat loneliness and isolation among older people who live in their local community but has had to change how it supports its members due to the coronavirus. 

Usually they would take part in activities such as outings and exercise and craft activities.

Instead the service, run by older person’s charity Methodist Homes (MHA) has increased its already popular befriending services. 

It has also gone online, with virtual exercise classes and an online book club, all helped by the iPad training done for residents in 2019 to help them come into the digital age. 

Scheme manager Angela Flux said: “When we did the iPad training for our members, little did we know how valuable it would be for them. We have been able to keep up the spirits of our members by organising online activities and it also means they have been able to keep in touch with family and friends more easily. 

“Our volunteers have changed how they support us as well, helping people with their shopping, collecting prescriptions and keeping in touch with members by calling them for a chat.

“MHA Northwood Live at Home is a charity and we rely heavily on our local community for their support. The change to the way we provide our activities means that we have lost income and would love it if people were able to make a donation to support our vital work in helping tackle loneliness and isolation among older people.”

The Live at Home scheme receives some funding from MHA centrally and Hillingdon Council but still relies heavily on the local community for support especially in current times when it can’t carry out traditional fundraising activities. 

To donate, go to justgiving.com/fundraising/mha-northwoodliveathome or visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/MHAnorthwoodLaH/

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