Narthex runs various activities in and around Sparkhill aimed at keeping seniors active and living in their own homes; these include a weekly luncheon club, tea dances, seated exercise and themed parties. For many, this may be the only time that they go out in the week. Many also are isolated and have been hugely impacted by the lockdown. This work is undertaken under the auspices of the partnerships described below. This work is generally dependent on specific funding and may change from time to time but specifically is suspended temporarily during the pandemic.
Ageing Better is a national scheme funded by the National Lottery on behalf of the Government. This provides activities which support people aged over 50 who are experiencing or are at risk of social isolation and loneliness, so that they can lead more fulfilling lives and be better connected to their communities. It also encourages local people to volunteer and help run activities to improve the well-being of the lives of people over 55 in partnership with local charities. The aim being to help them keep active and independent in their own homes. One such partnership is the East Birmingham Collective of which Narthex is a lead member. Narthex Sparkhill is the lead organisation for the Ageing Better Sparkhill Hub.
Support for Carers, including young carers, is currently suspended because of the pandemic but otherwise operates out of St John’s Church, Sparkhill.
Narthex operates this service in partnership with Forward Carers.
A volunteer Parish Nurse, working under Parish Nursing Ministries UK, supports the well-being of Seniors, pregnant refugees and asylum seekers and those with no recourse to public funds. This work operates out of St John’s Church Sparkhill.