County cash for housing group plan

A PROJECT to help elderly and disabled people has been given a funding boost.

Northumberland County Council has agreed a grant of £10,000 to housing association Isos Housing to help people make choices about the services they receive.

Isos has 1,500 older persons’ properties in the county, many of which are in rural locations.

As part of the project, the landlord will employ a member of staff to engage with older residents.

The aim is to find out what services they need that are not available through statutory agencies, like help putting up curtains or the availability of social activities, so they can be matched with existing voluntary services in the area.

It is hoped the project will promote independence and well-being, particularly to those socially or physically isolated.

Coun Ian Lindley, executive member for adult care and wellbeing, said: “The council is committed to supporting older or disabled residents to live an independent life.

“They have told us that they feel more valued when they feel they can contribute to their local community.

“This project will help to make sure that older people know how to get in touch with organisations that could help them to do so.”

Alison Urquhart, older persons manager for Isos, said: “We are glad to receive this funding, which will help us signpost our residents to all the services they can benefit from, and prevent them becoming isolated.”