Hope for Home

We set up the Thelma Harvey Memorial Prize in 2019 to reward innovation in care.
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Thelma Harvey (pictured seated on left with our supporter, Carol Williams on right) was the founding Chair of the Hope for Home Board of Trustees. She brought her immense personal and professional experience to our development, and to our projects supporting people with dementia and with Parkinson’s Disease at home.

Sadly, after 10 years as Chair, Thelma died in 2018. To recognise Thelma’s fantastic contribution and commitment we set up the Thelma Harvey Memorial Prize in 2019. This award was facilitated by a generous donation to the charity by a close friend of Thelma’s.

The aim of the Prize is to recognise individuals or teams who have made a positive difference by supporting unpaid carers who look after people with dementia in the last phase of life in their family home.

The Prize was first awarded in November 2019. We were delighted to receive three excellent submissions. The judging panel included representatives of Hope for Home and Hospice UK. The panel commended all the submissions on their compassionate support and work with people with dementia and their families.

After careful consideration the Care Improvement and End of Life Care service Carer’s Course, was chosen as the prize winner. The project was led by Emily Pardoe-Billings at St Giles Hospice in Whittington (West Midlands).

You can watch a film of the awards ceremony here:

More details about 2019 Winner

The Carers Course is a four week informal course to support unpaid carers with knowledge about dementia and how to prepare for the future. The programme is run by dementia social workers and other palliative care professionals. The judging panel were particularly pleased that carers were involved in the design of the programme. The team undertook careful evaluation of carers’ learning and feelings about the content, and the carers’ experience of the course informed its ongoing development of materials and curriculum.

At the time of the award, 13 courses involving 71 carers had been run with very positive feedback from all who had attended. Another benefit of the course was that it could be transferable, and other hospices which heard about it at the Hospice UK conference were interested in piloting the course.

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