It is a sad reflection on our society today that so many older people suffer from isolation and loneliness. This can be a particular problem for residents in care homes who can be further isolated from their surrounding communities by their physical surroundings.
Regular services are held in the following care homes by members of the Ministry team and parishioners, who provide both spiritual and personal companionship for residents. In addition, the residents are invited to, and attend when they are able, various social parish events.
Cambridge Manor, 33 Milton Road
Cambridge Manor is a new, purpose built care home for 88 residents, located on the corner of Milton and Gilbert Roads. There is a service of hymns and short readings, followed by communion on the last Tuesday of every month, starting at 2.30 pm.
Hilltop Day and Carers’ Centre, Primrose Street, Victoria Road
Hilltop Centre has now closed
Primrose Croft, Primrose Street, off Victoria Road
Primrose Croft offers accommodation and personal care to 38 older people, some of whom have mental health needs. Ministers from the parish hold a service of prayer, readings and song there once a month as well as offering residents a Communion Service.
Storey’s House, Mount Pleasant, Edward House, Albion Row
Storey's House is a warden controlled community of self contained flats, built and maintained by the trust set up under the will of Edward Storey. They house a total of 45 women.
Edward House is attached to the main building and is of Nursing Home status with residents housed in single rooms. Some are former residents of Storey's House but some are referred directly from the community.
The parish provides a monthly communion service in both establishments as well as Harvest and Christmas services. In Storey's House Advent and Lent courses are also run with participation by members of the parish.
Wessex Place, Magrath Avenue
Wessex Place was closed in April 2009 by the joint decision of NHS Cambridgeshire and Granta Housing Society, despite a campaign by local people and councillors. The 19 former residents have been dispersed to other care homes in Cambridgeshire.