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Help for elderly

Support is growing for Community Navigators, a new volunteer scheme set up by the charity Care Network

Cambridgeshire that seeks to point older people in the direction of services or community groups that can help them live an independent and active life. But more recruits are being sought.

Volunteers seek to direct people towards organisations that can help them in practical ways and provide details of local clubs, activity groups or community transport schemes.

For more information, call local coordinator Tim Barzycki on 01945 589953 or 07436 809266 or email

fens.navigators@care-network.org.uk

Vote tomorrow!

Don’t forget to vote in the Cambridgeshire County Council elections tomorrow (May 2). Voters should check the location of their designated polling station - details are given on the polling cards they were sent last month. If in doubt, they can call Fenland District Council on 01354 654321.

Safety training

Practical advice for employers on how to prevent one of the main causes of serious accidents in the workplace will be set out in a short course being offered by Fenland District Council this month.

It will cover the steps needed to complete an effective risk assessment. One section will focus on preventing falls from height, including ladders.

The course will be held at Fenland District Council’s offices at Melbourne Avenue, March, on Tuesday, May

14 (9.15am-12.30pm). Places cost £38.50. To book one, call FDC’s environment and leisure support team on 01354 654321, or e-mail environmentalservicererequests@fenland.gov.uk.

Alarms for vulnerable

Vulnerable older and disabled people living in 117 households in Fenland have been provided with alarms that enable them to call for help at any time of day or night, thanks to coordinated work by Fenland District Council and partners.

They have been given “dispersed alarms” - telephones linked to a control centre that is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

• For more details on these stories and to see the latest FDC news, visit: www.fenland.gov.uk/news