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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.



Welcome to our new Trustee, Jennie Hurley

We were delighted to welcome Jennie to our Board in August 2020. Jennifer Hurley retired recently after a forty-year career in nursing. Jennie was the first Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Accident and Emergency at University College Hospital.

Jennie worked for the second part of her career in Primary Care with an Advanced Diploma in Chronic Disease Management. Most of her work involved the management and monitoring of patients with long term medical conditions, and monitoring of people aged 65 and over, including assessment at home for people with dementia and their family carers. She also worked with colleagues on initial cognitive assessment and referral to memory services.

Jennie was the elected nurse representative on the governing body of the Islington Clinical Commissioning Group with clinical lead responsibility for Last Years of Life Care and Learning Disability and Autism. As one of the early Nurse Prescribers, she also chaired the Non-Medical Prescribers’ Forum and was a member of the Medicines Optimisation Committee. She has a special interest in care of people with dementia in their family home. 

Jennie says: "My Dad, Edward, had Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body Dementia. I had a direct experience of how dementia affected him and those of us who loved and cared for him.My mother looked after him at home as long as she could in most challenging circumstances, twenty four hours a day, with help only from friends and family.I am delighted that as a trustee of Hope for Home I am able to work with a wonderful group of fellow trustees. Together with them I feel I can contribute to projects and initiatives which help and support those caring for loved ones with dementia at home: often a hidden group in our society."

Support for St Clare Hospice in Harlow

Hope for Home has provided specialist training for St Clare hospice volunteers as they embark upon a new support programme for unpaid carers of people with dementia at home. Hope for Home enjoys a long term relationship with St Clare’s having provided free advice and support to help them to secure finds for their new community project.

Inner Wheel Margate supports Hope for Home

In February 2021 Sarah Burnard, one of our Trustees, was asked to address a meeting of the Inner Wheel, Margate. This group has very kindly offered to try to raise money for Hope for Home once Covid restrictions are eased.

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