Elderly service pulls out of town

Please crop around Anne Brown
Please crop around Anne Brown

An organisation which provides help for the elderly has withdrawn its services from Leyland.

Anchor Staying Put carried out repairs and improvements to help older and disabled people live independently in their own homes.

But the care provider has decided not to renew their contract with Lancashire County Council and a replacement provider has not yet been found.

The news has sparked concern from people living in the town who say vulnerable people have been left without the much-needed service.

Former Coun Anne Brown, who volunteers at a charity in the town, said: “This was absolutely key for people retaining their independence.

“They have been very effective in what they do and it was an organisation I really valued.

“They worked quietly under the surface and doing projects with other agencies to deliver services.

“There was a project they did with Brothers of Charity for a home gardening scheme for elderly people.

“The important thing about it was it was a point of contact for people, and they did it without any fuss.”

The home improvement agency was based at a unit on Centurion Court in Leyland, but moved out after they decided to withdraw their services.

Sarah McCarthy, Lancashire County Council’s head of supporting people, said: “Anchor Staying Put did not wish to renew their contract after March 31, 2011, because they are completely withdrawing from the home improvement sector.

“To avoid a break in the service, we tried to find an alternative provider through the normal tendering process, but unfortunately none of the bids met our requirements.

“The Home Improvement Agency provides a valuable service for many older and vulnerable people, and we are working closely with our partners in South Ribble Borough Council, West Lancashire Borough Council and NHS Central Lancashire to find a new provider as soon as possible. In the meantime, there are a number of complementary services available for people wanting help to maintain their homes and gardens, such as Help Direct and South Ribble Borough Council’s Gateway.”

Help Direct Lancashire is available for practical support and can be contacted on 0303 333 1111.

People needing gardening and handyperson services should contact South Ribble Borough Council’s Gateway on 01772 625625.

Anne Brown will be standing for a seat on the Moss Side ward at this week’s local council elections.

She will be standing with Michael Green, Mary Green, and Jim Minall.