Our timeline to becoming the largest charity care provider in the UK

Methodist Homes (MHA) was founded in 1943 by a group of Methodists who wanted to improve the quality of life of older people in the time before the creation of the Welfare State. Whilst we are open to providing care and support to people of all faiths and none, we continue to have strong support from Methodists as well as other Christians to this day.


MHA founded by Rev Walter Hall and the Methodist Church as an independent charity to provide care, support and accommodation for older people in need


MHA’s first residential care home opened to improve the quality of life for older people


A steady stream of residential homes were opened in the South East, the Midlands, Yorkshire and Lancashire


Housing services established offering sheltered accommodation for rent


First MHA Communities group set up providing support to older people in their homes, through volunteers


MHA’s first specialist nursing care home built, founded on MHA’s principles of privacy, dignity, independence and well-being


Dementia specialist care delivered in purpose-built care homes, focussing on the person and their individual needs


Retirement living with care services established combining self-contained accommodation with care and support


Community services set up to provide MHA’s dementia care to people living in their own homes


MHA introduces reflexology training for members of staff, enabling them to become qualified reflexologists to enhance care and well-being for residents in several homes. The first three groups begin their courses, to qualify in 2008


MHA employs its first in-house Music Therapist, to provide support for residents with dementia


MHA acquires its first retirement village, Auchlochan, in South Lanarkshire, Scotland


Big Lottery Reaching Community Fund enables MHA to develop further a music therapy service with £302,000


MHA wins Best Residential Care Provider at the Laing & Buisson Independent Healthcare Awards, and also the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award


MHA celebrates its Platinum Anniversary


Our music therapy team win the Excellence in Dementia Care LaingBuisson Award in recognition of their specialised therapeutic care, dedication and research.


MHA selected by ITV to guide the award-winning dementia story line on Emmerdale. Read more >>


MHA's Chaplaincy team has scooped the 3rd Sector Care award for its work on end of life care. Read more >>


MHA celebrates 75 years of bringing quality to later life. Read more >>

Emmerdale star John Middleton cut the ribbon on MHA's 90th care home, Montpellier Manor. Read more >>

Today, MHA continues to provide care, accommodation and support to more than 18,500 older people across the UK thanks to the commitment and dedication of its 7,500 employees and 4,000 volunteers. To learn more about Methodist Homes (MHA), please visit the About Us page >>

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