Trust steps in to save help groups

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CARERS of dementia sufferers are celebrating after a charity stepped in to save their support groups.

About 200 members of the Alzheimer’s Society in Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings were affected by Lincolnshire County Council’s decision not to renew the society’s contract and £200,000 annual grant.

Now the Evergreen Care Trust, a charity based in Stamford which supports elderly and vulnerable adults, has stepped in to save the support groups which people with dementia and their carers value so highly.

The trust is funding a support worker to run the groups.

Memory health care worker Kate Marshall, of Aveland Way, Aslackby, had worked for the Alzheimer’s Society for five years and was among eight carer support workers made redundant at the end of last year.

She has been able to carry on running the groups thanks to the Evergreen Trust.

She said: “It is great that I can keep things going for people in Deeping, Stamford and Bourne.”

Mrs Marshall said carers are keen to help keep things going and have set up a committee.

Carer Beryl Bennett, 66, of Manor House Court, Deeping St James, has taken on the role of secretary. She looks after her 70-year-old husband Donald, who suffers from dementia.

She said: “It was the biggest relief in the world and brought tears to my eyes when I found out the groups would carry on.”

Heather Gilling from Langtoft has taken on the role of chairman for the support groups. Her husband John suffers from the condition.

She said the group is still working with the county council and Alzheimer’s Society but members wanted to keep their support groups running.

Evergreen Trust chief operations officer Suzi Wheatley said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with the groups to help meet the needs of those in the community.”

Last year the county council said although the Alzheimer’s Society had provided excellent services, carers had stipulated they wanted a new type of service, which it is now developing.

Carolyn Kus, assistant director of adult social care, said: “We are still working towards our plans for the new service which we aim to have in place for April.”

To find out more about the carers’ support groups call Mrs Marshall on 01778 440153.