Julie I just wondered if I could nominate Age Concern Colchester for one of the next charities we collect in class for please in the New Year.
It only has 4 paid staff and has over 70 volunteers (me being one of them).
As an independent charity in Colchester.
Example of my day this week:
Took a call from an elderly lady who had poor vision could not remember how to call the Doctors surgery , felt unwell and was crying.
I called the surgery and by lunchtime she had had a home visit by her GP and was at ease again
A couple came into the office whereby the wife was her husbands carer as he had Parkinsons, and they were struggling as paying for taxis etc. I referred them to our Advisory person (1 of the paid staff) and they were able to be eligible for Attendance allowance and also a blue badge as they were not aware that this was not means tested.
Another gentlemen did not realise that he had to make the call to the Works and Pension Dept to claim his pension and he had been waiting 6 months, I made he call on his behalf in the office and he will now get backdated 6 months pension.
It’s not just Age Concern it’s Concern with Age…thank you Julie