Linton and seven neighbouring villages awarded grants for schem that suports the elderly

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Linton, Balsham, Weston Colville, West Wratting, Horseheath, West Wickham, Castle Camps and Shudy Camps have been awarded a share of £19,250 by South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) to support a community warden scheme.

The scheme helps older residents to live independently in their own homes and in the communities they know.

The second highest grant given in the district has gone to Linton, which has received £2,500.

Balsham, Weston Colville, West Wratting, Horseheath, West Wickham, Castle Camps and Shudy Camps have between the been awarded a total of £3,040.

The warden grant fund was established to help finance new or existing schemes. Schemes match elderly residents with a local warden, and, for a small charge, offer regular personal visits and telephone calls.

These don’t replace social care services, but do provide additional support and peace of mind to residents and their families.

Wardens are trained to understand the needs of the people they visit and are able to advise what other services might be available to help them continue living happily in their own home.

They may also help with tasks like light shopping, booking appointments, form-filling and picking up prescriptions.

Existing schemes are run by local communities, many with the support of Care Network or Age UK Cambridgeshire.

If you would like to know more about the schemes supported by Care Network and Age UK Cambridgeshire, know individuals who could benefit from the service, or would like to consider setting one up in your area, please contact SCDC on Duty.Communities@scambs.gov.uk or 01954 713070.