Helping hand to live at home

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MORPETH residents who need a helping hand to stay in their own home will be able to find out more at the town’s library.

New information points are being developed through a partnership between Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Their aim is to provide any adult in the county who has a disability or illness, older people and carers with information and advice about services and sources of support which can help them to remain living independently.

The Morpeth Library information point will become open for business on Monday.

Support planners will be on hand to meet people and explain what is available at this service.

Advice, guidance and information will be available at the points about support groups, activities which people can become involved in, entitlements such as attendance allowance and how social services and other organisations are able to provide assistance.

Councillor Ian Lindley, Executive Member for Adult Care and Well-being, said:

“This is a new scheme which links to the council’s aim of providing better customer access to council services and those offered in the community.

“This service will provide a contact for people to enable them to live their lives as they choose and also to assist them to feel part of their community.”

On Monday, between 10am and 2pm, representatives from Age UK, Northumberland County Blind Association and the Citizens Advice Bureau will be present as well as NHS health trainers.