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Former Gosport Mayor takes on new role to feed elderly community

22nd May 2024 - 04:00
The former Mayor of Gosport Kath Jones has taken up a caring role that supports the local elderly community through good cooking.

In the heart of Gosport, a familiar face has been quietly making waves in the community, embodying the spirit of service and compassion.

Kath Jones, who has qualifications in psychology, including a BSc and an MSc, is a well-known figure in the area following her term as Mayor back in 2019.

She has now embarked on a new journey – as a Personal Assistant for the local in-home support introductory service, Hub Care Support. Since late last year, Kath has been offering invaluable support to those living alone in and around Gosport, ensuring they receive the care and companionship they deserve.

Transitioning from her role as Mayor to a Personal Assistant registered with Hub Care Support Fareham, Kath has seamlessly merged her energetic attitude with her innate compassion.

She says she sees her mission as assisting local elderly people to maintain their independence for as long as possible by helping them to remain comfortable and supported in their own homes. “This isn’t just a job for me, but a calling in life,” explains Kath.

“Since my husband set up our own local family-run business more than 30 years ago, I’ve had a passion for taking care of others in their moment of need. Supporting those who, without my help, may not get the same sense of independence gives me a great sense of pride and purpose. I love what I do – in fact, I can hardly call it a job.”

One of Kath’s distinctive traits is her passion for ensuring her clients have access to nutritious and wholesome meals.

Those who know her says she can often be spotted with a plug-in wok and an assortment of fresh vegetables tucked away in the boot of her car, ready to whip up a nourishing meal at a moment’s notice.

“I believe in the power of a well-balanced diet to enhance overall well-being,” adds Kath.

“Providing my clients with nutritious meals isn’t just about meeting their dietary needs; it’s about showing them that they are cared for and valued.”

Beyond her role as a Personal Assistant, Kath continues to be a pillar of support within the community through the work she also does to operate the Gosport Community Hope Hub.

Whether it’s organising social gatherings, collecting clothing and food donations for local families, or simply lending a sympathetic ear, friends say Kath’s dedication to uplifting her community ‘knows no bounds’.

When she took over as Mayor of Gosport she said: “I am just a humble servant of the town”, and vowed to do all she could to help those less fortunate. She quickly put into motion plans to help the homeless and events to benefit a vast number of charities.

She says now: “I’ve always believed in the power of community. In times of hardship, it’s crucial that we come together to support one another. Through the Hope Hub, we strive to create a network of support and companionship for those who need it most.”

Kath’s approach to community service has earned her admiration and respect from all parts of Gosport. Mark Hirst, who launched Hub Care Support with his wife Karen in September last year, says he is proud to celebrate Kath in her new role as an independent Personal Assistant.

“She has been a fantastic addition to our growing PA register. Her dedication to her clients and ensuring they receive the best possible standard of care embodies the commitment we make as business owners. We’re proud to have her as part of our Hub Care Support family and feel very honoured to have her working with us.”

For more information about Hub Care visit: or call 01329 739239.

Written by
Edward Waddell