Introducing our new National Co-ordinator Jen Carter, who joined us in March 2018!
Jen's role is to support churches who are exploring whether setting up a Care Home Friends in their village, town or City is right for them. She also supports projects which are already up and running.
This photo is of Jen and her dad (who sadly passed away last year), taking one of their regular walks to the river from the nursing home where he was a resident.
Jen says "It was so hard for dad, even though mum visited him every day and I visited 2-3 times each week, each day seemed so long for him. His failing memory made it harder for him, as he couldn't always remember that mum had already visited that day, so despite regular visits from family, he often felt lonely.
This is one of the reasons why I'm so passionate about Care Home Friends, as it so positively impacts individuals, giving them someone to talk to, and letting them know that they still matter and have a value."
Jen comes from a background of having worked with churches, charities and volunteers for over 10 years, and we're excited to have her on board!
You can now see where we already have Care Home Friends projects, using this interactive map:
We are delighted to welcome Lady Sally Grylls as an ambassador for our work. Sally lives on the Isle of Wight and is an inspiring lady with a quiet faith, who seeks to make a difference in the lives of people living with dementia. You can read an interview with her here.
Care Home Friends were joint winners of the Cinnamon Network Project Lab Competition in 2016. It's a big like Dragons Den, only for charities!
You can find out more about it here ...
We were delighted to be the runner up in Premier Radio's Love Britain and Ireland Awards in the category for older people.
On 20th September 2017, our Director, Tina English was presented with the award by comedian Tim Vine and Baroness Parminter.
Are you a church wanting to impact your local community? Find out how a Care Home Friends project can start with just 2 or 3 volunteers and impact the lives of care home residents in your village, town or City.