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Services for older people in Winchester

MHA Communities Winchester was established in 2000 and supports over 300 older people across the Winchester District. Our primary aim is to enable older people to live later life well which we achieve through the provision of one to one services and group activities. MHA Communities across the UK help to tackle loneliness and isolation in people over 60 - helping them to lead fulfilled lives and remain as active members in their local communities. All scheme members benefit from a regular newsletter, birthday card, Christmas gift bag, regular telephone contact, free will writing service,  access to our lending library, transport to one off appointments (subject to availability), opportunity to partake in outings and holiday as well as signposting & information. Above all our members know that we are always there for them at the end of the phone for whatever they might need.

Current services at MHA communities Winchester include:

Singing for Wellbeing

Exercise classes for all abilities

Pub Lunch groups

Walking Groups

Activity Day

Lunch Club

At home or telephone befriending

Lending Library

Pen Pal Scheme

Outings and Annual Holiday

Please see our latest newsletter here for information about our most recent clubs and activities.

"MHA Communities Winchester is wonderful - it has made such a difference to my Dad's life and mine too!" - Family of MHA Communities Winchester member

"Without the clubs I would be very lonely, they are the only chance I have to talk to people each week." - MHA Communities Winchester member

‘Without the support of MHA Communities over the last few months I really feel I could've gone into a deep hole. You have been such a support to people like me who don’t have any family living locally, I can’t thank you enough’ - MHA Communities Winchester Member

 

Contact us today to see how we could be of service to you or a loved one living at home.

 

Information for businesses and corporates

MHA is able to subsidise many of its charitable services thanks to the generous contributions of businesses who want to make a difference in their local communities. How to get involved

Information for families and friends

If you’re looking at Live at Home to help someone you know, we understand. With a busy work life, family and other responsibilities, sometimes it just isn’t possible to travel regularly and give a loved one the dedicated care and support you wish you could provide. Refer a family member or friend

Information for healthcare professionals

If an older person in hospital has no family, friends or neighbours, we can assist them to return home. We work with GP practices, hospital discharge and re-enablement teams and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to support older people adjust and settle back at home after a period in hospital. Refer a patient

Information for local authorities

Through our preventative, person-centred services, we can reduce the strain on local health services – delaying, minimising or even preventing people’s need for them. More information

MHA Communities Winchester Office
The United Church
Jewry Street
Winchester, SO23 8RZ

Tel: 01962 890995

Email: Winchester@mha.org.uk

Opening Times

Monday – Friday, 10am-2pm

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At MHA communities we couldn’t offer level of services to our members that we do without the commitment and support of our fantastic team of volunteers. We welcome volunteers from all walks of life who are looking to help in their local community for a variety of reasons. We provide a number of volunteering opportunities which are open to anyone over the age of 16, these include:

 

Driver – car or minibus

Driver escort (minibus)

Befriender – at home or telephone

Shopper

Gardener

Club Helper

Catering Team

Fundraiser

Local Committee

 

The application, induction and training process can be completed entirely remotely and we offer ongoing support to enable our volunteers to deliver the best service to our members. Your volunteering commitment is entirely up to you, roles can be flexible and ad-hoc or fixed and routine, whether you can offer 5 hours a week or one hour a month we are grateful for your support and are sure to be able to find a role which will fit in with your life.

 

‘It’s nice to have the feeling that you’re still doing something worthwhile after you retire. I don’t think of the people I talk to as just names on a list. They’re all individuals, and each one is a different friend. They’ve all lived very interesting lives and they’re very inspiring’ – MHA Communities Winchester Volunteer

 

"Volunteering means I'm still doing something worthwhile now that I'm retired." – MHA Communities Winchester volunteer

 

"Definitely give volunteering a go. It’s not a big time commitment and it might change your life in a way you didn’t expect." – MHA Communities Winchester Volunteer

 

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