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Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

●● A PHIL­AN­THROPIC char­ity is of­fer­ing a help­ing hand to the el­derly in Poyn­ton.

Cheshire Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion has awarded a £7,500 grant to Age UK Cheshire East to sup­port its In­for­ma­tion and Ad­vice Out­reach ser­vice, de­liv­ered at com­mu­nity venues.

The out­reach scheme of­fers face-to-face ad­vice on a reg­u­lar ba­sis in ac­ces­si­ble com­mu­nity set­tings – for ex­am­ple, li­braries, residential hous­ing and Mac­cles­field Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

Kate Wilkin­son, grants and trust man­ager at Age UK Cheshire East, said: “The out­reach ser­vice has been so pop­u­lar and suc­cess­ful dur­ing tri­als over the last cou­ple of years that we need to en­sure older peo­ple can con­tinue to ac­cess this vi­tal ser­vice.

“We were de­lighted to re­ceive a grant from the Cheshire Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion which will sup­port the de­vel­op­ment and con­tin­ued de­liv­ery of the ser­vice.

“We of­fer a com­pre­hen­sive in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice ser­vice at our premises in Mac­cles­field but trans­port is a huge is­sue for older peo­ple.

“There­fore hav­ing a lo­cal pres­ence is es­sen­tial so that older peo­ple can drop in to one of our lo­cal out­reach ses­sions and can ar­range a longer ses­sion or a home visit if their prob­lem is more com­plex.

“A per­son might have hear­ing is­sues and strug­gle to use a tele­phone so it’s im­por­tant to meet peo­ple face to face.

“We ad­vise them on a range of is­sues and en­sure they’re re­ceiv­ing their full en­ti­tle­ments and can also point them to­wards other ser­vices if nec­es­sary.”

Grants are awarded quar­terly, with ap­pli­ca­tions up to £1,000 as­sessed monthly.

For more in­for­ma­tion call 01606 330607.

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