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Helping the elderly and vulnerable maintain their independence

Date: 31/12/2008           Category: Social Care

Elderly and vulnerable adults and people with special needs or disabilities can find out to maintain their independence at an event in Strood next year. On Wednesday, 14 January, residents and carers can learn about the services available to them at an independence fair at Strood Sports Centre. There are two sessions, 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm, which must be booked. Providers of care and information including Age Concern, The Carers’ Centre and Medway Mobility will be among the agencies attending Medway Council’s second community infrastructure fair to showcase the services available to residents. Medway Council has commissioned a new service, called Living Well in Medway, to help adults maintain their independence and access vital care services. The service is being delivered by Church in Society and Chatham Citizens Advice Bureau in Chatham, Rochester and Strood and by Carers First in the Gillingham and Rainham areas. People will be able to refer themselves, or be referred by others such as another care provider or social care team. Anyone needing care will be assessed and helped to link up with a suitable provider. Anyone interested in attending the event should contact Carol Galvin by either email carol.galvin@medway.gov.uk or phone 01634 331232 by 7 with the following information by Wednesday, 7 January 2009.