St Albans charities join forces to help the elderly
PUBLISHED: 06:30 14 February 2017
Two St Albans-based charities have joined forces to help support older people over the winter.
The ‘You Are Worth It’ project, which is aimed at helping older people maintain their independence, is a collaboration between The Centre for Voluntary Service (CVS) St Albans and St Albans Old People’s Trust.
CVS has arranged a series of free community lunches across the district, with a two course meal provided by Herts Community Meals and vouchers for two free meals at home. There will also be a free raffle and gifts to take home.
St Albans Old People’s Trust will be giving grants to older people in need, helping them with shopping and cleaning, heating bills and free boiler services.
Project coordinator Nikki Casey said: “It has been a real pleasure to coordinate this project and see the difference we have made in getting older people to accept help and support in the district.
“Older people can incorrectly believe that help is too costly, or refuse help because they feel they aren’t worthy or don’t think they need any assistance yet.”
The project, which has been nominated for a High Sheriffs’ Award, aims to help the 23,000 people aged 65 and over living in the district.
Paul Smyth, from St Albans Old People’s Trust, said: “This project has been a great success as we have managed to find some of our most isolated elderly people in the district and make a real difference to their quality of life.
“We have been able to fund essential white goods, help with heating costs and travel expenses to and from hospital among other things.
“People have been surprised how easy it is to ask for help and how simple the process has been.”
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