December 7 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 4, 2013
A new service to support older people in the Great Yarmouth borough is holding a coffee morning next week to promote the help available and to celebrate a busy and successful first year.
The Community Outreach Service was established in its current form in October 2012, with funding from Supporting People, to assist those aged 60 and over, who live in the borough, to remain independent and active in their own homes.
The service has aided more than 250 people in the last year alone, and is free to older people who want to access information, advice and tailored support which will enable them to achieve and maintain independence in their own homes.
This may include help with finances, including benefit entitlement, accessing essential care or health services or housing, and accommodation advice.
Now the Community Outreach Service is holding a coffee morning and first birthday celebration for people of all ages to find out more about services available for older people within the borough.
The free event, to take place at the Assembly Room, in Great Yarmouth Town Hall, on Friday, October 11, from 10am to 1pm, will feature information stands and displays from the service and other organisations.
Cllr John Burroughs, the mayor of Great Yarmouth, will launch the event, where visitors will also be able to chat with staff from the organisations and three or four residents who have been helped by the service this year.
Andrena Griffith, the borough council’s supported housing manager, said: “We have had a really busy first year, which demonstrates the level of need for this service, especially with a fast ageing population nationally.
“This coffee morning is about re-launching the service, re-affirming what we and other organisations can offer for older people in the borough, and getting the message out to as many people as possible.
“The Community Outreach Service is for those aged 60 and over, but this event itself is open to anyone of any age, including someone who wants to find out about help available for an older relative.”
The confirmed organisations attending the coffee morning include GYBC Sheltered Housing, GYBC Yare Care Community Alarms, GYBC Safe at home, Library Services, Norfolk First Response, DIAL, British Red Cross, Voluntary Norfolk, NORSE (assistive technology), Centre 81, the Priory Centre, and Norfolk Carers Support.