The My Home Life Essex Community Association (MHLECA) grew out of the Relatives and Residents Association (Essex) that was formed in 2008.
The My Home Life Essex Community Association (MHLECA) grew out of the Relatives and Residents Association (Essex) that was formed in 2008. Our original purpose was to offer free, confidential and expert advice and support to older people who were considering, seeking, looking to fund, moving into or living in residential care, and to their families. In 2010 we were registered both as a Company Limited by Guarantee and as a Charity in 2013. We are run by a volunteer Management Board chaired by Brian Mister, MBE, and we employ one paid member of staff, our Development Officer, Debbie Tanner.
As the only charity in Essex specialising in this area of work, we started by providing and promoted a advice line offering advice and support to anyone considering, moving to or living in a care home. We also developed a network of contacts with relevant organisations across the county, including care homes, to reach as many people as possible who might be in need of this kind of help. To supplement this service, we also provided personal, local support to people going through, or helping someone through, this often traumatic experience. To extend our support to people living in care homes, we began to recruit, train and support a growing group of volunteers who visit and befriend existing residents.
Being closely aligned with the My home Life Essex movement, it was increasingly clear to us that the public at large, and particularly the local communities around care homes, could play a vital role in helping improve the quality of life enjoyed by residents. In order to reflect our identification with My Home Life Essex, we changed the name of the Company to the MHLE Community Association.
We maintain our commitment to our original role, continuing to provide the advice line, now in partnership with Independent Age, offering personal support and recruiting volunteers to spend time with older people living in care homes. We have also expanded our commitment to the well being of care home residents through two new projects – The Community Visitors and Community Friends and Neighbours (FaNs).
The Community Associations’ Chairman and Vice Chair can be found here.