A charity is expanding a support scheme for elderly and vulnerable people to 24 hours a day after a successful launch.
The Evergreen Care Trust, which is based in Stamford but also operates in Bourne, will offer its Evergreen Angels service during the night hours of 8pm to 8am from today.
The day service, between 8am and 8pm, launched in Stamford in November. The trained Angels make a minimum weekly visit to paying members, and are on call for emergencies.
Evergreen is also expanding its catchment area to include villages on the outskirts of Stamford, including Ryhall, Tinwell and Great Casterton.
Angels co-ordinator Bob Mackrill said the success of the scheme meant the charity was able to cater for demand outside Stamford itself.
“We are expanding it to villages on the periphery of Stamford,” he said. “We are confident we can cover that.”
The Angels service is available to anyone who thinks they might need it. Those who sign up to the day service receive weekly visits, plus a monthly safety check and emergency call-outs between 8am and 8pm for £7.50 per week. The new night service will run from 8pm to 8am. For a weekly fee of £3.50 members will get access to emergency call-outs 365 days a year.
There is an initial registration fee The service can be tailored to suit an individual’s needs, with more visits if necessary. A single membership can cover two people in the same home.
So far Evergreen has about 80 members in the Angels scheme. Mr Mackrill thanked the community for supporting it, adding: “It’s going very well. It’s doing what we had anticipated it would do.
“The monitoring has been very successful in heading off health crises for individuals in numerous instances. GP practices and the ambulance service are delighted with the service that we are providing. The GPs have given us tremendous backup in town.
“We are very pleased with the way we are working in partnership.”
Mr Mackrill appealed in particular to those who were thinking of signing up but did not think they would need the service immediately.
“Monitoring of health is absolutely vital,” he said. “It’s the old adage of a stitch in time saves nine.”
The scheme was set up to fill a gap left when Lincolnshire County Council launched its new Wellbeing service in April last year. The county council previously gave South Kesteven District Council a sum of money for care, which the district used to fund wardens. But once that money was withdrawn, the warden scheme was stopped.
The Angels work alongside the Wellbeing scheme.
To find out more about the Angels service, call the Evergreen Care Trust on 01780 765900.