Home   News   Article

Surge in referrals to Rutland Community Agents




Ruland Community Agents EMN-160108-115901001
Ruland Community Agents EMN-160108-115901001

A record 180 referrals have been made to the Rutland Community Agents in just three months taking the total to more than 740 people who have been supported since its launch last year.

Run by Spires Homes, a member of Longhurst Group, and funded by Rutland County Council, the service aims to provide guidance and assistance to maintain and safeguard the well-being, health and independence of the people within Rutland in partnership with key voluntary and statutory agencies.

The service which is free of charge and was launched in March last year, has supported people with mental and physical health needs and has helped nearly 100 individuals either leave hospital or provide support to prevent a hospital admission.

Mental health workshops have also been set up each month in partnership with Rethink and Rutland County Council to raise awareness of mental health conditions and the support available.

Team manager of the Rutland Community Agents Andy Maguire said: “We’re really pleased to have helped so many people since we launched and the numbers are more than we ever projected, which shows how important this service is.

“We have worked closely with Citizens Advice Rutland, Home Straight and Age UK too, as an integrated service model to collaboratively support people. Plus, we are also working closely with over 80 local organisations to make sure the people who come to us receive effective support to meet their needs.”

As a result of the demand, more volunteers are being sought to help the Community Agents.

The team is looking for people who have experience in caring for someone with dementia, mental health issues or who just have a passion for singing or sewing and organising things.

Volunteers will need to be available for an hour or two once a month, enthusiastic and dedicated. Fresh ideas for new events or groups are welcomed and people from remote villages are especially sought after. DBS checks and reasonable expenses will be paid for.

To get in touch with the team, they be contacted on 01572 756851 or e-mail info@rutlandcommunityagents.org.uk. For more information about the Rutland Community Agents, visit the website at www.rutlandcommunityagents.org.uk.



COMMENTS
()


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More