Blackburn elderly to benefit from £300k scheme boost

HELP for older people in Blackburn is to be boosted with a special £300,000 scheme.

The lottery-funded project Friends for Life hopes to end social isolation in the area for the over-60s.

It is hoped it will provide specialist support and a network of friends for people experiencing problems including bereavement, retirement and ill health.

Providing help, advice and activities for older people, a voluntary team of 30 senior citizens are to be recruited to take the lead.

The project, which has been launched by Blackburn with Darwen Council and numerous partners is to be based at the Energy Zone at Newfield Drive in Blackburn.

Agencies involved in the scheme include Age UK, Refresh, the Care Network, the Carers Service, the CVS and the NHS.

The Energy Zone base will offer a combination of activity space as well as a social meeting place where older people can get together to pursue new activities and spend time with one another.

Project co-ordinator Patrick Deeth said: “The Friends for Life project aims to reduce social isolation for people who have contributed so much to our communities and who deserve our care and attention.

“Importantly we are looking to support people who experience some of the hardest moments in life such as bereavement, redundancy or retirement or ill health, or the ill health of their loved ones which sometimes means they need to become permanent carers for others.

“All these incidents can seriously affect an older person’s well-being, physically, mentally and emotionally.

“If Friends for Life can be there to help, support and guide older people in times of their greatest need, then it will be a marvellous achievement.”

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10:50pm Fri 6 Dec 13

shirtbox2003 says...

so if 30 volunteers are to be recruited who gets the £300,000 the recruiters?how long will the money last and how long will the project run for when funding stops?there is always that certain element of people around who seem to dream up schemes to keep themselves in well paid positions.
so if 30 volunteers are to be recruited who gets the £300,000 the recruiters?how long will the money last and how long will the project run for when funding stops?there is always that certain element of people around who seem to dream up schemes to keep themselves in well paid positions. shirtbox2003

12:32pm Sat 7 Dec 13

blackburnwithdarwen says...

This scheme seems like a very good idea. Telling elderly people what they should already have been provided with by their council. As well as when the often unobtainable Age UK phone is busy you’ll be able to get help there instead?

But why not take the idea even further by paying someone who is party politically unbiased to run the council and do away with the politically biased self motivated councillors for good. That in the presently poorly run one party Blackburn with Darwen council can’t help but produce improvements.

Also a lot of wasteful money would be saved by doing away with a Blackburn with Darwen one seat politically biased MP. Instead you could vote for an unbiased Blackburn with Darwen Community Manager instead!
This scheme seems like a very good idea. Telling elderly people what they should already have been provided with by their council. As well as when the often unobtainable Age UK phone is busy you’ll be able to get help there instead? But why not take the idea even further by paying someone who is party politically unbiased to run the council and do away with the politically biased self motivated councillors for good. That in the presently poorly run one party Blackburn with Darwen council can’t help but produce improvements. Also a lot of wasteful money would be saved by doing away with a Blackburn with Darwen one seat politically biased MP. Instead you could vote for an unbiased Blackburn with Darwen Community Manager instead! blackburnwithdarwen

12:33pm Sat 7 Dec 13

HarryBosch says...

Could they not think of a better place to locate it instead of right in the middle of Dodge City?
Could they not think of a better place to locate it instead of right in the middle of Dodge City? HarryBosch

1:02pm Sat 7 Dec 13

A Darener says...

Not so much of the elderly! 60 isn't old.
Not so much of the elderly! 60 isn't old. A Darener

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