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At MHA Winchester Live at Home, we want to enable older people to stay living independently in their own homes for as long as possible, with the best possible quality of life.

Through befriending, lunch clubs, assisted shopping, activity and friendship sessions, outings, escorts to appointments and much more, MHA's Live at Home schemes 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.

MHA Winchester Live at Home provides volunteer based support and friendship to older people across the Winchester District, including Alresford, Colden Common and Waltham Chase, who still live in their own home and may have become isolated and lonely for whatever reason.

Through our able team of volunteers we are able to offer opportunities for companionship, support and advice. We have services which can be offered at home and group activities in a place where you can be among friends. These include our weekly schedule of clubs and activities,  our one-to-one services and the opportunity to join our regular outings and  annual holiday.  Above all you will know that there is always someone to turn to for help, advice or simply a chat.

"Live at Home is wonderful - it has made such a difference to my Dad's life and mine too!" - Family of Live at Home Member

"Without the clubs I would be very lonely, they are the only chance I have to talk to people each week." - Winchester Live at Home Scheme Member

"Volunteering means I'm still doing something worthwhile now that I'm retired." – Winchester Live at Home Scheme 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." – Winchester Live at Home Scheme Volunteer

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

For a small monthly donation to the Scheme, members benefit from a regular newsletter, birthday card, Christmas gift bag, regular telephone contact, transport to one off appointments (subject to availability), signposting & information.

Activities at MHA Winchester Live at Home include:

  • Singing for Wellbeing
  • Exercise classes for a range of abilities
  • Lunch groups
  • Activity days
  • At home and telephone befriending
  • Transport
  • Regular outings
  • Annual holiday

"Lovely, friendly inviting organisation offering something for older people who would like to connect with their local community. Great range of activities including exercise, craft and singing sessions with transport available if needed." Facebook review

The scheme's activities programme is designed and led by its members and volunteers to ensure that we are providing the practical and social support which those we serve need.

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

Volunteering

We are always keen to hear from kind, compassionate people who are able to volunteer some of their time to help us deliver and develop our services. If you have time to spare to help enhance the lives of local older people, please visit the Live at Home Volunteering page to find out more. 

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Befriending - We always need befrienders and anyone who could offer an hour or two a fortnight would be a great help. It makes such a difference to people when they’re lonely, to have someone call in on them once in a while to have a chat. We particularly need befrienders in the following locations: City centre, Harestock, Stanmore, St Cross, Bishops Waltham and Alresford.

Driver (Car or Minibus) It often doesn’t require a lot of time from the driver but makes such a difference. It means people can attend their doctors’ and dentists’ appointments; go to exercise classes or our day trips, rather than just being stuck inside all day. Commitment can be a regular weekly slot or ad-hoc. -3pm (Colden Common) Thursday 10am – 11.30am (Bishop’s Waltham) Assisting class instructor with set up of room and equipment partaking in the class and supporting members needs, making teas/coffees after the exercise part of the session has finished, chatting with members, helping to tidy up

Art & Craft Assistant Alternate Friday’s 10.30am-1pm, based at the United Church, Winchester. Assisting members to make cards, costs incurred will be paid and training provided is free of charge.

To learn more about volunteering for your local Live At Home community scheme and express an interest, please visit the Live At Home volunteering page.

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