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Elderly feeling the benefits of community health project

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 13, 2013

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A DEDICATED group of workers are making a big difference to the lives of elderly people in an area of Burton.

A scheme which is being delivered by the Burton Caribbean Association is proving to be a big hit in its early months in Anglesey.

The project sees a group of workers and volunteers visit members of the community, one of the most deprived in Burton, helping to support them and carry out jobs around the house, and in turn offering them a chance to get out of the house,

As well as helping people feel comfortable in their homes, the main aim of the Outreach Support Service to give elderly and vulnerable people a sense of freedom.

The scheme, which was set up six months ago after the Caribbean association was successful in applying for a £10,000 grant from Staffordshire County Council, also allows members of the community to meet at weekly luncheon clubs, with organisers believing the scheme has the power to prevent social isolation and depression.

Yvonne Campbell, one of the Carribean association members who has been integral to the project, said: “The funding has made a great difference to the amount of support the BCA is able to provide for the elderly in the Burton area.

“The Outreach programme aims to help and assist the elderly in their homes, offering domestic help with things like washing and cleaning. Then on Thursdays we hold a luncheon club where they come to us.”

The support workers recognise that asking for help might be difficult for some people, so rather than being about taking away their freedom, the project aims to give them back their independence, and give them a place where they can socialise and make new friends within their community.

Fiona Carruthers, one of the project’s Outreach support workers, believes the project is making a big difference in the local area.

She said: “It helps them to feel more independent and means they are less likely to suffer from depression. It’s a brilliant service, they can come here and meet friends and have dinner and have a chat. It allows them to be more independent and stops them feeling isolated, so we are able to cater for their needs.”

The project is growing in popularity all the time, but members are keen to reach as many people in need of help as possible.

The Carribbean association is hoping to spread the word to members of the community, currently having to dependon word of mouth and recommendation from current users.

Mrs Campbell added: “It’s taken a while to build up and we are still looking for more people. There are more people who need our help and I want them to know we are here for them.”

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