Project information

Live at Home

Our projects have one overall purpose: to increase the provision of community services to older people to reduce loneliness and anxiety and increase personal well-being, so people can live independently in their own homes.

September 2011 - September 2013

Charity information


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  • Need


    Our new Live at Home Community Support Hubs will tackle the increasing problem of social detachment amongst older people in ten specific locations in the UK. Social detachment is the term used when people lack active participation in their communities. The population of the UK is ageing and an increasing percentage of older people are living in isolation in their homes, with limited mobility, depression, loneliness and low self-esteem.


    Each Community Hub will provide both social activities for more able-bodied older people and home visits and befriending for the housebound, as well as other lifeline contact. The Hubs will operate from one of MHA's housing schemes to provide a fully integrated service. The results of an independent evaluation of our existing Live at Home schemes concluded membership helps maintain physical and mental well-being and most participants have a brighter outlook as a result.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase social contact for older people to eliminate isolation and improve quality of life.


    » Regular one to one befriending visits at home for the housebound, a telephone link to maintain contact and transport and shopping services.
    » Weekly social activities including lunch clubs and cafes, exercise groups and interest groups as well as outings and occasional holidays.
    » Some Hubs will also run Memory Cafes for people living with dementia and their carers.

    Success will be each Hub delivering services that increase the health and well-being of an average of 160 members

    Aim 2

    Develop stronger communities through utilising and involving volunteers


    » Services and activities are delivered by volunteers recruited by the scheme manager and matched with scheme members based on assessment of their needs

    Success will be...the recruitment of 40 committed volunteers for each scheme, 8-10 of whom form the Committee

  • Impact


    A better quality of life for older people living at home in 14 locations identified as areas of particular need across the UK.

    Success will be demonstrated by surveying members, volunteers and service commissioners on the benefits and outcomes, including measuring the level of personal empowerment enjoyed through enhanced "voice, choice and control".


    The services are delivered by volunteers, so failure to recruit the volume and calibre of volunteers required would affect the services offered. MHA recruit a paid Live at Home Scheme Manager, who is responsible for recruiting and managing the volunteers.


    Through MHA's Annual Report and Accounts, as well as an individual annual report from each of the new Live at Home Community Hubs. The twice yearly publication of MHA's magazine, Heart and Soul, also is circulated to all supporters and members of our schemes.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £180,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £90,000 Salaries Part-time scheme managers' salaries
      £45,000 Operations Delivery of services e.g lunch clubs
      £27,000 Equipment Equipment costs e.g. computer
      £18,000 Other Office costs, volunteer training, travel
  • Background


    Ten locations across England identified as areas of particular need for older people: Penrith, Guisborough, York, Hull, Huddersfield, Mendip, Midsomer Norton, Swindon, Banbury and Shepway. Four locations across Scotland: East Kilbride, Granton, Edinburgh and Milton, Glasgow.


    Older people, both active and housebound, who become members of the scheme benefit from increased social interaction and a resulting improved quality of life. An independent evaluation of our existing established 52 Live at Home schemes has demonstrated that scheme volunteers and committee members, also benefit from increased social contact and involvement through participation in the schemes' aims and activities. The average age of members is 81, whilst the oldest member is 105.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    MHA have been caring for older people since 1943 and is one of the top ten largest providers of care homes in the UK. Over 90% of MHA's services assessed by the Care Quality Commission are classed as 'good' or 'excellent'. Live at Home is a longstanding MHA service, and an independent evaluation of its services in Feb 2011 concluded that most participants have a brighter life outlook as a direct result.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alison Slater

    She is responsible for our Live at Home projects.

"I have no family and I rely on Live at Home. Without my local scheme I would have nobody... It makes such a difference to me"

Member, Live at Home Scheme