Helping to Prevent Social Isolation and Loneliness in Leeds

At MHA Live at Home Community Support Project, we care passionately about making life more enjoyable and sociable for vulnerable and socially isolated older people in our local community.

At our new MHA Live at Home Community Support Project, we care passionately about making life more enjoyable and sociable for vulnerable and socially isolated older people in our local community.
 
'Live at Home' was established in 1989 by MHA, a charity providing care homes, housing and support services for older people throughout Britain.  The local Live at Home schemes in Leeds offer services and support to help older people lead independent, active and fulfilled lives and to live securely in their own homes.
 
Our Community Support Project is a new initiative in North West Leeds working closely with the Live at Home schemes in the Horsforth, Farsley and Pudsey areas.  Volunteer Befrienders visit, support and motivate older people who may be recovering from a period of ill health, a hospital stay or have experienced a breakdown in their social networks.  Our Befrienders help them rebuild their confidence to go out and reconnect with their community.
 
We are National Lottery funded, administered through Time to Shine in Leeds, working closely with Leeds Older People's Forum.  
 
We are interested in talking to people who are over 50 (and especially men), who have 1 or 2 hours per week to spare and may be interested in becoming a Volunteer Befriender:
 
• Just one or two hours each week; daytime Mon - Fri
• Short term support for up to 10 weeks 
• Make a real positive difference to combat and prevent loneliness
• Become a valuable link in connecting people back to their community
• Help reduce the risk of re-admission to hospital.
 
If you would like to find out more, please get in touch.  
 
Sue Oliver, Volunteer Coordinator
Live at Home Community Support Project
Tel:  07340 745140
Email:  sue.oliver@mha.org.uk