St John's Church hosts information day for older people
Reverend Helen Durrant-Stevensen next to the Home Instead stall at the Home Sweet Home information forum in Wimbledon and Kingston

With the country’s population ageing at an unprecedented rate, demand for information relating to elderly care issues is at an all time high. This is certainly the case in Wimbledon and Kingston where Associate Vicar at St John’s Church, New Malden the Reverend Helen Durrant-Stevensen, decided to do something about it.

She recently welcomed local families to the inaugural Home Sweet Home information forum, an event which would allow members of the local community to meet with people providing services to senior people, in order to learn more about help available in the area.

Attending the event were representatives from local organisations including: Age Concern, Alzheimer’s Society, Parkinson’s UK, Stroke Association, MS Society, the new PCT Your Healthcare, Kingston Carers Network, Kingston Association for the Blind, Community on Thames, Kingston Volunteers Association and event organisers, at-home care company, Home Instead.

Such was the draw of the forum that Lucianne Sawyer, President of the United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd (UKHCA),  - the professional association of home care providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors – who lives locally, spent a couple of hours at the event.

The Reverend Durrant-Stevensen commented, “The inaugural Home Sweet Home event went really well and was attended by around 50 local people seeking help and advice. We are grateful to the providers of services who took the time to come along and we all found it extremely informative.”

There are plans for more Home Sweet Home forums in the area. To register your interest, please contact Clare Jefferies at Home Instead on 0208 942 4137.