Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Who are MHA (Methodist Homes)?

MHA, formerly known as Methodist Homes, is a national charity that is dedicated to reducing isolation and loneliness in older people by connecting them in communities that care. Fundraising and charitable donations are vital to help us continue delivering our life-enhancing work to thousands of older people living across the UK.

 

Founded by members of the Methodist Church back in 1943, today we support more than 17,000 older people of all faiths and none through care, accommodation and support services. Learn more about MHA by visiting mha.org.uk.

 

What is Best For Ages?

Best For Ages is the official fundraising arm of MHA, formerly known as Methodist Homes. We offer people of all ages and abilities exciting and challenging opportunities to contribute towards a life free from isolation for the UK’s older generation – one of enjoyment where they can feel supported, able to contribute and connected in communities that care.

 

How can I make my fundraising the Best For Ages?

If it’s an exhilarating charity challenge or a sprightly social occasion you’re looking for, we have you covered. Head over to our Find an Event page to check out all of our thrilling fundraiser events waiting for you to get involved in. Alternatively, if you’re thinking about organising a sponsored walk, quiz night, an afternoon tea party or something crazier, our Organise an Event page has everything you need to know. 

 

Get inspired to make your fundraiser the best for ages by reading some of our supporter stories>>

 

What’s more, our events team has lots of professionally-designed resources to help you promote your fundraising effort and maximise the money your raise so, together, we can improve the lives of even more older people across the UK. To request your free resources, please get in touch with the Best For Ages events team by emailing events@mha.org.uk or calling 01332 221641.

 

Can I organise my own Best Fundraising For Ages event?

Yes, of course. We’re delighted that you’re thinking about arranging a fun-filled activity in aid of our cause to reduce loneliness and social isolation for older people living across the UK. Whether it’s a sponsored walk, quiz night, afternoon tea or a sporting event, we have lots of information and resources available on our Organise an Event page to make it the best event for ages.

 

Or maybe you’re wanting to think outside the collection box and looking for inspiration about the different kind of whacky and wonderful fundraising events you can host to help contribute towards a better life for older people. Well, good news! Click the 'Get your fundraising pack' button to download the Best Fundraising Pack For Ages which is bursting with ideas to help make your fundraising activities or event a spectacular success.

 

I’m participating in a Best For Ages charity challenge, how do I set up an online fundraising page?

Creating a personalised fundraising page on JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving offers a quick and easy way to boost your sponsorship for MHA. Start by uploading a photo, sharing your inspirational fundraising story and setting yourself a target.

 

A large opening donation can have an impact on the average amount the rest of your supporters donate – so ask a generous friend or family member to get things going and the spread the word with your family, friend and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter!

 

By selecting MHA as your chosen charity, all of your sponsorship will be transferred directly to us allowing you to sit back and relax.

 

I’ve raised fund for MHA, how can I deposit these?

We hope that your fundraising effort was the Best For Ages and would like to thank you for supporting our continued effort to reduce loneliness and isolation in older people living across the UK.

 

To find out how to pay in your fundraising online, by post, or over the phone, please visit our Paying in Your Fundraising page.

 

How will my fundraising improve the lives of older people?

Every penny raised for Best For Ages will make a huge difference to help older people to thrive, whether that's by attending one of 58 life-changing Live at Home schemes available across England, Scotland and Wales, through MHA's ground-breaking Music Therapy programmes for those living with dementia or chaplaincy services. Learn more about how we change lives by reading some of our success stories>>

 

The diagram below shows a break-down of how your fundraising, donations and gifts will be spent to support older adults to lead fulfilled lives...

 

 

How can I find out more about joining my local Live at Home scheme?

MHA provides 57 Live at Home schemes across the country. Each scheme aims to tackle loneliness and isolation within the older generation by providing a variety of activities dependent on the local community’s needs, from exercise classes, day trips and short holidays through to lunch and breakfast clubs, assisted shopping and befriending services that promote independence and social inclusion.

 

To search for your closest Live at Home scheme and to find out more, please visit: mha.org.uk/community-support

 

I’d like to volunteer for MHA, how do I get involved?

Firstly, thank you for your interest in volunteering for MHA. The support of remarkable people like you is essential to continue and develop our drive to reduce social isolation for our older generation.

 

The wide-ranging skills and experiences our 4,000 volunteers bring to MHA support us in many different ways and make a huge difference to the lives of older people. To learn more about becoming an MHA volunteer, please visit: mha.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering