Help is on hand

CONNECTED CARE:Dawn Arnell, Tony Bage, Lauren Nicholson, Paul Harriman, Rachel Maughan, Joanne Geffney, Janice Remington, Mary Hoster, Paul Nugent, Norman Pinkney, Clive Hall and PCSO Howard Kirk outside Burbank Community Centre

CONNECTED CARE:Dawn Arnell, Tony Bage, Lauren Nicholson, Paul Harriman, Rachel Maughan, Joanne Geffney, Janice Remington, Mary Hoster, Paul Nugent, Norman Pinkney, Clive Hall and PCSO Howard Kirk outside Burbank Community Centre

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PEOPLE are being encouraged to get involved in a scheme being rolled out to improve the quality of residents’ lives.

Connected Care is currently running in Hartlepool and is now available to people living in the Burbank area and the centre of the town.

The team of staff can offer a range of help from offering benefit and welfare advice, to handyman services and meals on wheels.

The Burbank Community Centre-based squad is working in partnership with other agencies, including Hartlepool Borough Council and Hartlepool Primary Care Trust.

Rachel Maughan, a senior navigator for the service, who works out of the Burbank Street centre, said: “The Connected Care team wish to work with people, to raise aspirations, break down barriers and achieve their vision for Burbank and the central area of Hartlepool and its community.

“If people have any questions, wish to use any of our services, or just want to chat about how we may be able to help, please feel free to contact a member of the team.

“The service is steered by a board of directors compromising residents and representatives from local partner agencies.”

The handyman service will offer “low level” work, such as replacing light bulbs and putting up shelves.

It can be free, depending on the person’s circumstances.

Benefit and welfare advice will be available on subjects ranging from how to fill out forms up to how to prepare for a tribunal or appeal.

It will be available by appointment on Monday and Tuesday mornings and all day Thursday,

A service is also available for elderly and vulnerable people. It includes meals on wheels, a community call back scheme, luncheon clubs and support, such as help with shopping.

Housing Hartlepool and Three Rivers Housing officers are also offering drop-in sessions for tenants.

Housing Hartlepool will be on hand from 10am-noon each Thursday and Three Rivers Housing from 1pm-2pm on the same day.

A local community group, Bridge Community Association, is also being set up to encourage residents to get involved and improve their estate.

For more information, contact the service on (01429) 280584.