Concern for elderly once county cuts hit home

CONCERN for elderly people as services are cut has prompted a local council to support a conference on how to fill the gaps in care.

The idea came up when Newbiggin Town Council representatives met officers of Age UK, which ended its meals on wheels service last month as county funding ran out.

Chairperson Rebecca McCready said: “We agreed that although there are lots of things we could do to support the elderly in Newbiggin, we didn’t know what to do because we haven’t asked them.”

The autumn conference for voluntary and other groups would also enable organisations to work together to maximise funding.

Councillors who met at the sports centre were told the cuts “could result in more elderly people being remote from services and regular contact”.

However, Age UK is developing its handyman and gardening service to help people feel safe, secure and supported.