ELDERLY residents in the north of the borough have Solihull Council to thank after their Solihull Age Concern Information and Advice Service was saved from closure.
The local authority agreed to give the Castle Bromwich facility £24,000 as their Big Lottery Community Funds Grant is due to expire.
For three years the Windleaves Road site has been backed by the fund but at the end of 2008 it became apparent that the Big Lottery were no longer able to receive applications for this type of project and that the service was in danger of closing - causing a huge loss to older people in north Solihull.
But at a Health, Social Care and Partnerships Cabinet meeting last week, chairman Bob Sleigh agreed to the one-off financial assistance and vowed to do ‘everything possible’ to support the service.
“I think that in times like these they need to get the support they deserve,” he said.
“I’m supportive of this proposal and in the current climate I think we need to sustain this service.”
Councillor Mick Corser agreed saying the helpful service was ‘very important’ to the north of the borough and Councillor Leela Widger showed her support.
Lucy Coton, Head of Services at Age Concern Solihull said the funding is a ‘lifeline for services’ for older people.
“As a result of this funding older people will continue to gain access to rights and services, be supported in their independence, and have less worry and peace of mind.”
In the past three years the outlet in Windleaves Road has received over 7000 requests and older people are £250,000 better off due to the efforts they make to maximise income levels and assist older people to claim the benefits they are entitled to.