A specialist in-home support service which aims to combat loneliness and improve wellbeing is encouraging people in Rochford to get in touch.
Community Agents Essex, which has received a funding boost from Sanctuary Housing, is a network of agents and volunteers who support vulnerable people and informal carers to find independent living solutions.
Agents can advise on healthy and practical living, mobility issues and financial matters, including maintaining tenancies.
The bespoke service, which accepts self-referrals, also offers opportunities to socialise and provides household support for extra peace of mind.
Nicola Fawcett, from Community Agents Essex, said: “An increasingly high number of older people in the Rochford district are reporting feelings of isolation at home.
“I would encourage those that could benefit from our support, or their family members, to get in touch.”
Sanctuary housing officers have been connecting some of their residents to the service, including a woman who was given information about community transport so she could attend hospital appointments because of her husband’s failing eyesight.
A bathroom grab rail was also installed at the couple’s home, as well as a handrail on the staircase and perching stool in the kitchen to enable her to carry out household tasks.
Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “This partnership ensures that everyone can access the services they need in order to participate in a modern society and live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.”
To find out more about Community Agents Essex, please call 0800 977 5858 or 01376 574 341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.