Jill Baker and John Robinson sign the Expression of Commitment

Jill Baker, Chair of the Methodist Council, and John Robinson CBE, Chair of Trustees for Methodist Homes (MHA) sign the Expression of Commitment at MHA’s event at the Methodist Conference

It was back in 1943 that members of the Methodist Conference agreed to the setting up of what became known as Methodist Homes (MHA).

Just over 75 years on from that momentous decision MHA and the Methodist Church have signed an Expression of Commitment at the Methodist Conference, expressing their desire to continue to work in partnership supporting older people across England, Scotland and Wales.

Today MHA supports more than 18,600 older people through its 90 care homes, 70 retirement living schemes and 62 community-based Live at Home schemes, a far cry from its first home for 12 residents at The Ryelands in Wallington, Surrey.

MHA’s Chief Executive Sam Monaghan said: “Our charity was born from the passion and social concern of not just our founder, the Rev Walter Hall, but of all members of the Methodist Conference.

“Since we were formed, the Methodist Church has steadfastly supported our work and we look forward to strengthening this partnership in future years. We are, together, stronger in making sure the voice of older people is heard and their body, mind and spirit nurtured and cared for.”

Jill Baker, Chair of the Methodist Council, said: “One of the most important parts of Methodism is the ethos of our calling, which comes in four parts – worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism, and which are brought together so brilliantly by MHA.”

The Expression of Commitment states that both organisations will work together to:

  • explore ways of offering support to older people and develop initiatives to share with others as examples of best practice
  • look for opportunities to work closer in areas such as joint research around issues affecting older people
  • use their shared voices to encourage people in positions of power and influence to consider the needs of older people.


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