Changing home help services

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A new development to secure home help services for Angus residents is being taken forward, thanks to the work of Voluntary Action Angus.

As part of a potential new social enterprise, there will be the formation of an employee controlled company.

Whilst this is currently being led by the VAA the idea is to hand control over to the people who deliver the services.

Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Angus, Gary Malone said: “We continue to work with the local authority on a positive way forward to ensure a much needed service is given to people who need it. This is more than a cleaning company. This is about building trusting relationships through home care services, which will also open up opportunities for recipients to access befriending, volunteer driving and other voluntary run services.

“In Angus we have made significant progress in Health and Social Care Integration and the social enterprise and voluntary sector movements will play a critical role in new approaches towards care. This is an exciting opportunity but we will need the support of other partners to make this happen.”

Mr Malone added: “We’ve got a lot to do over a short period of time and it’s essential that a home based service is available to people who need it. I am looking forward to continuing to work positively with Angus Council, staff and recipients of the service who may be interested in the new company.”

Details will be made available to those who receive and deliver these valuable services on Thursday, August 13 at Voluntary Action Angus, 1-3 St. James Road, Forfar from 2 to 3pm and on Friday, August 14 in Voluntary Action Angus, 32-34 Guthrie Port, Arbroath, DD11 1RN from 2 to 3pm. Transport will be made available for people who require it.

For further information contact Gary Malone or Ashley McGregor on 01241 875525 or 01307 466113. gary@voluntaryactionangus.org.uk or ashley@voluntaryactionangus.org.uk.