Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Forsake me not when my strength is spent. - Psalm 71:9
“MHA has taken seriously John Wesley’s advice about ‘going not to those who need you, but to those who need you most’ and now cares, in residential homes, for people suffering from some of the most challenging and distressing conditions of old age. Yet the homes remain affirmative and joyful places in which to live and to work.” – MHA Patron, Baroness Kathleen Richardson.
Partnership with the Churches
The role of the Churches and their members has been central to forming MHA and continues to support vital services that help give later life meaning and purpose. We rely on donations to provide community support delivered by more than 70 Live at Home schemes, a Chaplain in every residential setting, and a team of Music Therapists for people living with dementia. We owe much to the 4,000 volunteers – befrienders, fundraisers, drivers and many more – who enrich our care and support beyond measure. Partnership with the Churches has been key to MHA’s reaching out to more and more older people for 70 years.
Valuing God’s gift of age
Since MHA’s establishment by the Methodist Conference 70 years ago, times have changed, along with the expectations of older people. However, the fundamentals of our approach to ensure that God’s gift of age is valued and shared have not changed and remain consistent with the vision of our Methodist founders. We remember Moses’ injunction to ‘choose life’ and aim to make the later years of people’s lives as meaningful as possible. We are determined that all older people should have the support that they deserve and continue to place the dignity and personal choice of individuals at the centre of all we do.
How your Church can help
Our hope and our prayer is that, as our work continues to develop to meet the needs of an increasing number of older people, the support of the Churches will continue to develop as well. Your Church can help make life better for older people by:
We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all MHA representatives who help us raise awareness and encourage support.
If you would like to receive our eprayer letter or be willing to give a few hours this year to help us spread the word in your Church, Circuit or Deanery, then please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01332 296 200.