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Age UK Lancashire meet with locals in Blackpool

02 March 2017

On Monday 27th February, the team from Age UK Lancashire met with local residents, council members and care organisations to discuss the support that is needed for older people in the town.

Since the closure of Age UK Blackpool in January, there has been a negative impact on many older people who had previously relied on the services they received from the charity.  In an effort to ensure that the most vulnerable older people in Blackpool are supported, Age UK Lancashire stepped in to the breach and has been working with the council and commissioners in an effort to look at ways in which they can begin to support the town’s older population.

 

Successful grants from the national Age UK Charity and Lancashire England have meant that work is able to start straight away to establish which areas are most in need, with the aim of setting up groups and support services in the coming weeks.  The open events on Monday were a chance for local people to come along and discuss their needs as well as finding out what services they can now access through Age UK Lancashire.  The events were held at Aygarth Community Centre and Kilmory Community Centre and were well attended, resulting in positive outcomes.

Community Engagement Manager for Age UK Lancashire, Anne Oliver said: “We were delighted to see so many people attending our events as it gave us a true sense of how important our services are to older people.  We were pleased to see Blackpool Council, members of social services and other organisations come along to share information and hear about the potential future plans.  We believe if we all work together we can really help people in Blackpool and build up the network of support that was previously here”.

Age UK Lancashire is continuing to build more presence in Blackpool and is currently providing their Home Help and Foot Care services in the area.  As part of these services they are also creating job opportunities for these roles.  For information about how to access the services an enquiry line has been set up on: 01253 783719 or blackpool@ageuklancs.org.uk.  Regular updates and job information can also be found by visiting www.ageuklancs.org.uk.