23 July 2018, Home Instead – Greenwich & Bexley joins forces with volunteers from Marks & Spenser Global Head Quarter to help a project that supports older people to deal with isolation and remain physically and mentally active. The project in Eltham (SE9) supports elderly people and promote their independence through a food growing project in the community allotment. At the allotment, the project had a shed-type community space which was the service user’s shelter, a place to socialise and something that was very close to their heart. However, on last bonfire night, some unidentified people set fire on to the building and everything was destroyed. Sonia Thapa, the project manager, appeal for help with the local community, corporate volunteers and fundraised to purchase shed, materials and tools, but did not have enough fund to put everything together; after the fire, there was a lot to clear-up.
On Friday, 20th July, Home Instead – Greenwich & Bexley who also support older people to remain independently in their own homes came forward to help the charity to rebuild the shelter and clear-up the allotment by joining forces with Marks & Spenser Global Head Quarter’s team. We understand that M&S has been working with the charity for quite a long time in food re-distribution project and their volunteers often come out to help the charity. On the day, Home Instead and M&S volunteers managed to clean-up the allotment and also build and decorate the shelter.
During the interview 80 year old service user, Charndrakali expressed her gratitude towards Home Instead and Marks & Spenser for rebuilding the much needed shelter.
Home Instead is committed to change the face of ageing through its person-centred, companionship-led homecare services delivered by highly-trained CAREGivers. Apart from supporting older people in their own homes, Home Instead also run various public awareness programmes, such as Dementia Awareness, Scam Prevention, Stay Nourished, Stand Up to Falls and Prevent Senior Hospitalisation. Research shows that for people aged 80 years and over, 10 days spent in a hospital bed equates to 10 years of muscle wasting. Therefore, project such as “Together We Grow” that help seniors to be active physically and mentally is very much needed and Home Instead is very proud to have supported this project.