Hope for Home



Hope for Home has received fabulous support from the Inner Wheel Club of Margate in 2021.  Following a virtual Inner Wheel Club meeting with Sarah Burnard, Trustee of Hope for Home  in  February 2021, the group committed to fund raising for Hope for Home for the next two years, once Covid restrictions had eased ! As a result we have recently received a hugely generous donation of £600.00, £200.00 of which was raised by the staff at Morrison’s in Margate. This money will go directly to fund our drop-in groups with Age UK Lambeth. Hope for Home is hugely grateful for this support.




Hope for Home are delighted to welcome Fiona Thomson to the Board of Trustees. Fiona joined us a potential  new Trustee in January 2021 and is already doing sterling work helping us a Board to refine our ideas about out work and its impact. 


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Fiona says: “I work in Operational Management around the country, working in making anything more efficiently, from defence to pork pies !


 I live in Glasgow with a few friends and a few kittens, and,  like many others,  got very into DIY and indoor plants over lockdown. When the weather allows I like to get out hiking and camping as often as I can.


I am especially committed  to work with and support Hope for Home because I have a family history of dementia and could see the impact first hand.  I am keen to help access to education around the disease and to help people achieve their preferred outcomes for their loved ones.





We remain a small registered charity in terms of our income. Like so many charities  during the pandemic our donations  have dropped, as fund - raising opportunities  closed down. We  do need money to continue our valuable work for the group of people we aim to support, for whom, all too frequently there is  no provision.


 We rely on private donations to keep our work going, a on fund-raising by our supporters, and on legacies. Our overheads are deliberately kept very low -  chiefly comprising our  annual accountancy fee and our insurance. We do not pay for office accommodation, and  we have no paid staff, all our work being carried out by a small band of  very dedicated volunteers.


Please would you consider giving us a donation? You can do this via our website, or you can send a cheque, made out  to Hope for Home, and sent to 32 Foxes Dale, Blackheath,  London,SE3 9BQ.




Following the success of our London  conference in 2018, and our subsequent conference in November 2019 ,we are planning to deliver a  virtual conference on 23rd November 2021, via zoom,  with the theme of  “How to die well with dementia at home”.  The format will involve live presentations and interactive workshops. Contributors  include Nicola Kendall , Namaste Lead, St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Lourdes Colclough, Linda Mc Enhill, Trustees of  Hope for  Home, Kim Connell ,Deputy CEO Age UK Lambeth,  and Colette O’Driscoll, Namaste Manager, St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, London.


 More details to come….






In May 2021 Hope for Home signed a new  agreement to work in partnership with Age UK Lambeth. Age UK will be running two weekly drop-in centres for  people with dementia and their carers, continuing  the Magnolia Club in Gipsy Hill, and adding an exciting new venue in Brixton.  Moreover they have agreed to add an additional  third venue at no additional cost! 


The Board of Hope for Home are delighted with this new partnership. We believe  that Age UK Lambeth’s strong established roots in the community together with their excellent reputation for delivering high class services  to their local community will complement our support for people caring for their loved one with dementia at home. 


Kim Connell, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Age UK Lambeth  said; “We are very delighted about this exciting new partnership with Hope for Home! We are passionate about delivering new services to help unpaid carers looking after their loved ones with dementia in our local community. This group are so often very neglected and under-supported for their invaluable contributions. They may be very hidden, and carry on  their role day after day, week after week, with little contact from others. This situation has been made much more challenging in these times of Covid. 


Several of our staff have already been trained in the Namaste approach, via St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, and we are all very keen to start these exciting new projects.”


These groups started  in early August 2021, and are funded for one calendar year. 




Age UK Lambeth

Registered Office: Third Floor, 336 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AA

Registered Charity Number: 1063497 ; Company Number: 3252067

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Our work with people with advanced dementia

Hear our Trustee Lourdes Colclough describing  her pioneering work with trained  volunteers visiting people with advanced dementia at home.

New video from one of our volunteers


Our annual conference 2021!

We are planning to deliver a virtual conference this autumn, with the theme of “How to Die Well with Dementia at Home”. More details to come.

Our annual conference 2019

Following the success of our London conference in 2018, we ran a subsequent conference in November 2019. This was very kindly hosted by Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, Scotland with the theme of bereavement and loss. 

The event was over-subscribed, with over 70 people attending from across the UK. Our speakers included representatives from the academic sector, carers, and project leaders delivering services to people with dementia and their carers.

The evaluations were very positive and, prior to the start of the pandemic, we had planned to repeat this event, but in 2020 sadly, this was not possible. 

Here are some photos of the event:

Workshop: Dementia care at home: working together to get it right,  October 2018


We celebrated our 10th anniversary with a free of charge multidisciplinary event in London in 2018.

Speakers included  Professor Heather Richardson, Joint Chief Executive, St Christopher's Hospice, Rev. Jonathan Croucher, Vicar of Christ Church, Gipsy Hill, our Trustees, Lourdes Colclough, Macmillan Engagement Manager (London), and Dr Adrian Treloar, along with an Expert Panel discussion.

This event was held in memory of Thelma Harvey, our founding Trustee and Chair of Hope for Home or over 10 years.


The event proved to be  hugely successful, with over 70 people attending. Attendees included clinical professionals, unpaid carers, social workers, community development leaders and hospice leaders. 


The evaluations were overwhelmingly positive about the learning outcomes and their experience of the event .


Buoyed by this success the Trustees to resolved  hold another workshop in 2019.

Here are some photos of the event :

Professor Heather Richardson, Joint Chief Executive, St Christopher's Hospice
Lourdes Colclough, Trustee of`Hope for Home and Macmillan Engagement Manager (London)

                                               Rev. Jonathan Croucher, Vicar of Christ Church, Gipsy Hill

Group discussions.



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