A NEW telephone service for the elderly and disabled has gone live in Crich — with the help of a £1,000 grant from Derbyshire County Council.
Crich Careline is a voluntary scheme that aims to keep in regular contact, by phone, with members of the community that may have difficulty leaving their homes without help, or those who are in danger of becoming isolated in any way.
The service will cover the villages of Crich, Whatstandwell, Fritchley, Bullbridge, Holloway and South Wingfield.
It is run by volunteers and is all about having a friend at the end of the phone.
Service users can tell them about any worries they may have or just enjoy a general chat.
Peter Yates, of Careline, thanked the county council for its donation and said: “So much hard work has been put in by people and organisations within the community in bringing the scheme to fruition.
“We received excellent support from existing groups in Ashbourne and Hathersage, where Careline has become part of the lives of many elderly people living on their own.
“I hope the scheme in Crich will do the same.”
The scheme is free, and is run using locally-raised funds, including the cash from the county council.
Derbyshire councillor Chris Jackson presented a cheque to Careline at the Glebe Field Centre in Crich.
He said: “It is important for the elderly and disabled not to become isolated in their homes, particularly in rural areas and particularly in winter when they can sometimes be housebound for long periods.”
Anyone who wants to use the service, or who would like to become a volunteer, should contact the Careline co-ordinators on 07939 572408 or 01773 852449.