●● 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.