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Service Supports Extra Help for Elderly

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting a partnership initiative to boost support for Lichfield's elderly residents.

 

"Working with our partners we intend to bridge the gap in provision to the elderly and vulnerable groups, finding and delivering the solutions that people need."

Organised by Lichfield and District Community and Voluntary Sector Support (LDCVS), the event is being held to raise awareness of issues affecting vulnerable older people.

Organisers hope next Tuesday’s event at Lichfield Day Services in Cherry Orchard will encourage partnership working to tackle and resolve those issues.

Watch Manager at Lichfield Fire Station, Carmel Warren, said: “A lot of our focus is concentrated on supporting Lichfield’s senior citizens through campaigns like Sloppy Slippers and the county council’s Mobile Library Scheme.

“We have been able to get into hard to reach communities and help people who are otherwise out of reach for us, supplying them with fire safety equipment for their home and in case of an emergency.

 “Next week’s event will help us identify ways in which we can support our partners in sustaining such success.”

Co-ordinated by LDCVS, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Staffordshire County Council: Social Care and Health, Tuesday’s event is being supported by Staffordshire Police, Lichfield District Council, Bromford Support and South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust.

Community support groups taking part include Arthritis Care, MS Society, Mercian Ability Partnership, Age Concern, Citizens Advice Bureau, Live at Home, Making Space, The Stroke Association and The Older People’s Forum.

Julia Harris, Development Officer for LDCVS, said: “Hopefully by working together we can better fulfil the needs of Lichfield’s elderly population and those individuals considered to be vulnerable.

“Tuesday’s event is being held, primarily, to raise public awareness of the support networks which are available to vulnerable elderly people.

“The agencies will develop a better understanding and knowledge of how they can work together to help the support groups target those in need.

“The work of these support groups makes a huge difference to people’s lives and should be acknowledged.”