Tracey Leahy, Managing Director of MannVend Ltd, has been appointed as the first ever patron of Isle of Man Live At Home Schemes. The charity helps older people to continue to live independently and provides a range of services, including organising social groups, drop-in sessions, befriending, help with transport, and advice on accessing other support services. There are five active Live At Home Schemes on the Island – Western, Northern, Onchan, Douglas and Laxey, and Lonan – which in total provide support for around 500 older adults. The schemes are all part of the UK-based MHA charity. Commenting on her appointment, Tracey said:
“It is well documented that our ageing population is increasing, and currently 22% of the Island’s population is over retirement age. The Live at Home Schemes offer friendship and relieve loneliness whilst also forging strong bonds between members and volunteers. It is a real honour for me to be part of this team.”David Gawne, Chairman of Isle of Man Live at Home Schemes, said he was delighted that Tracey had agreed to become the charity’s first patron, and added that her appointment was part of new and exciting era for the Live At Home Schemes on the Island. He said that plans are being put in place to restructure and expand the charity’s services to help even more older people in communities across the Island.
For more information about the Live At Home schemes, go to www.mha.org.uk and search for ‘Isle of Man’.
Photo – Tracey Leahy, Managing Director of MannVend Ltd, who has been appointed as the first ever patron of the Isle of Man Live At Homes Schemes charity.