New Forest Silverlinks partners MHA to help older people

Silverlinks local charity which supports older residents teams up with MHA Communities

Local New Forest charity Silverlinks is delighted to announce that is now working together with the MHA Communities New Forest scheme.

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Silverlinks, supporting older residents in Lymington, Milford and New Milton

people in and beside busSilverlinks has been supporting older residents in the Lymington, Milford and New Milton areas for the past 4 years. Trained volunteers visit clients aged 65 or over at home, giving information and support. Typical enquiries range from low income, utility bills, family matters, housing issues, form filling, social contact or any other worry or anxiety. The service is impartial and confidential.

Volunteer manager Celia Burgess said ‘This is a very exciting development for Silverlinks. We are keen to expand our service to other areas in the New Forest and this is an ideal opportunity to support more people of the older generation.

Sitting at home worrying doesn't help: MHA Communities does!

In our experience people in this age group often sit at home and worry about problems because they don’t know who they can trust for an objective opinion and practical help.

MHA Communities New Forest helps to tackle loneliness and isolation in people over 60, offering a range of solutions to help them to remain as active members in their local communities, so by working together we can offer a more relevant and co-ordinated service to older people in the area.’

MHA Communities New Forest Manager Katie Rickman said ‘ Historically we have often signposted some of our members to Silverlinks when they have required some additional support. So we are really looking forward to working with Celia and her team of volunteers.’

Photograph is of a pre Covid trip to Bournemouth.

More support for Silverlinks is always needed

Silverlinks can only operate with the help of financial contributions from organisations and individuals. It is most grateful for the recent donation of £1,000 from Hampshire County Councillor Michael White. Other funders include Lymington and Pennington Town Council, Barker Mill Foundation and Cooper Dean Foundation.

If you would like to get involved please contact Celia Burgess email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MHA is Methodist Homes Association

MHA (Methodist Homes Association) is the UK’s largest charity care provider, which enables people to live later life well. Through 90 specialist care homes, 70 thriving retirement living and 62 vibrant community groups and befriending, MHA inspires the best care and wellbeing at every stage of later life. With over 75 years’ experience it puts people at its heart in its homes and schemes across Britain. All donations and any surplus is invested into the services provided for its18,500 residents and members. MHA has over 7,000 dedicated colleagues, supported by over 4,000 generous volunteers.


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