MHA Circuit Representative

We need people to acts as the main contact between your Methodist Circuit and MHA, working together in fellowship.

Are you a member of a Methodist circuit who wants to support MHA’s work with older people? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of older people in your community? If so, you might be interested in becoming a circuit representative for MHA.

As a circuit representative, you will act as a link between MHA and your local Methodist circuit. You will help to raise awareness, funds, and support for MHA’s services, such as care homes, retirement living, and community groups. You will also share MHA’s vision, mission, and values with your fellow Methodists.

By becoming a circuit representative, you will not only help MHA to reach more older people in need of its services, but also enrich your own life with new experiences and friendships. You will also gain valuable skills and knowledge that can enhance your personal and professional development.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is MHA's relationship with the Methodist Church? 

MHA is a national charity that was founded by members of the Methodist Church in 1943. MHA’s vision is to enable older people to live later life well, inspired by Christian concern. MHA works in partnership with the Methodist Church to provide care, accommodation, and support services for older people across England and Wales.

MHA’s relationship with the Methodist Church is based on shared values, such as respect, dignity, compassion, and justice. MHA respects the diversity of faiths and beliefs among its residents, members, colleagues, and volunteers. MHA also welcomes people of all faiths and none to join its mission and work.

MHA’s chaplaincy service is one of the unique features of its care homes. Chaplains are people of faith who offer spiritual and pastoral care to anyone who needs it. Chaplains are supported by local Methodist circuits and other churches.

MHA also receives donations and fundraising support from Methodist circuits, churches, and individuals. MHA is grateful for the generosity and commitment of its supporters who help it to continue its work with older people.

What is a circuit representative? 

A circuit representative is a volunteer who acts as a link between MHA and their local Methodist circuit. A circuit representative helps to raise awareness, funds, and support for MHA’s work with older people.

What would I be doing as an MHA Circuit Rep? 

As an MHA Circuit Rep volunteer, you will be the main contact person between your Methodist Circuit and MHA, working together in fellowship. Your role will be instrumental in raising awareness and encouraging prayer and support for MHA to help enable people to live later life well.

Our volunteers are the ‘go-to’ person in the Methodist Circuit for information about our charity MHA. You will raise the profile of MHA by coordinating the activities across the Churches and actively encouraging support and prayers.

What are the benefits of becoming a circuit representative? 

MHA Circuit Rep volunteers would be answering Jesus’ call to help people in need in line with the values of The Methodist Church.

  • Through collective prayers, together we will deepen spirituality, bringing hope and loving presence to those whom MHA support in later life
  • Through fundraising, the church is helping MHA enable even more people to live later life well
  • Through raising awareness, volunteers are helping members of the Circuit to learn about MHA services and how to access them
  • Through supporting MHA campaigns, volunteers demonstrate the commitment to social justice fundamental to the values of the Methodist Church.  
How does it work? 

Once you've applied, we’ll check if we already have a Rep for your Circuit. If we do, then we’ll explore other options with you to support the current volunteer.

If there is no MHA Circuit Rep we will then start the recruitment process. Once this is completed you will be asked to complete an induction with your named MHA contact either via Teams or in person. You will then have a named contact to keep in touch with and for support.

What skills and qualities do I need to become a circuit representative? 
  • Desire to work collaboratively with MHA for the benefit of residents, members and local congregations
  • Regular and respected attendee of your Methodist Church
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Empathy and understanding of the needs of older people
  • Reliable and trusted
  • Are aged 18 and over.
How do I apply to become a circuit representative? 

You can apply online by filling out a short application form. You will also need to complete a DBS check and attend an induction training session before you start your role. Our Volunteering Team will guide you through the application prcoess and be on-hand to answer any questions you may have.

How much time do I need to commit as a circuit representative? 

The time commitment varies depending on the needs of your local circuit and your availability. Generally, MHA asks for a minimum of one hour per month for at least one year.

What kind of support will I receive as a circuit representative? 

You will receive ongoing support and guidance from a regional fundraiser who will match you with your local circuit, monitor your progress, and provide feedback. You will also have access to online resources, training opportunities, and peer support from other volunteers.

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