WHITTLESEY: Independent living

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AN information service which helps people stay safe, well and independent, is taking to the road to spread the word across Cambridgeshire with a series of events in libraries.

The Your Life, Your Choice service provides online information for people who need information or support to enable them to live an independent life. It also provides details of assistance for such things as social and health care and aids and home adaptations which make life easier for people in their own home.

The roadshow will visit Whittlesey Library between 14 January and 9 February, and will feature:

* Leaflets and information about staying independent, safe and well

* Information on aids and devices to help people remain independent

* Trading Standards information on how to Buy With Confidence and avoid rogue traders

* Information about Direct Payments for social care

* Opportunities to book a session with the library Computer Buddy to help less experienced computer users access online information.

County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Councillor Martin Curtis, said: “The Your Life, Your Choice website was developed with the support of service users, carers and our partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors, to encourage people to think more widely than just traditional care services when planning the support they need.

“These roadshows, in addition to promoting Your Life, Your Choice, are focused on providing preventative and self-help information to people who may need it and telling them about the support and services available in their local community. Hopefully they will show people what is available and the difference it can make to them, their carers and families, whilst help them to stay safe and independent for as long as possible,” added Councillor Curtis.

Access to the Your Life, Your Choice website together with help to find the information you are looking for is already available in your local library or you can access information and advice directly at: www.yourlifeyourchoice.org.uk