A charity that supports older people in Crosby has just taken delivery of a brand new minibus thanks to funding from a local grant scheme.
Age Concern Crosby received £50,000 to replace its old vehicle from the NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG Voluntary Community and Faith Fund, which is run by Sefton CVS.
The fund was established to finance projects by voluntary organisations which support the CCGs’ key objectives which are to provide high-quality and integrated care services, and improve the health and wellbeing of all Sefton residents.
Age Concern Crosby – which has operated in the town for more than 50 years – provides a wide range of support services for older residents.
The minibus is used to bring housebound people to the charity’s luncheon clubs and other activities, as well as to take members on the organisation’s regular day trips and holidays.
The vehicle certainly helps to make a difference to the quality of life of members like Joan Forshaw, who commented: “I have been coming here for more than ten years now and I like the company, meeting people and the days out.
“The people who run the activities here are so caring and helpful,” she added.
Another member, John Coleman, has been involved with Age Concern Crosby for a year, after being in his house alone for 19 weeks before he discovered what was available for him locally.
John said: “It is smashing to come to the charity’s Housebound Club because it is really nice to get out of the house and mix with people.”
Age Concern Crosby Chairman, Chris Dale, said: “We’re exceptionally grateful to NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG for giving us this grant.
“The new minibus will help us to improve the quality of life of large numbers of older people in Crosby for many years to come.”
Fiona Clark, Chief Officer of both CCGs, added: “Age Concern Crosby does great work and we’re delighted we have been able to support the charity in securing a new minibus, which will help them continue to keep our residents connected.
“We are fortunate in Sefton to have such vibrant voluntary, community and faith organisations that are providing fantastic services for our residents. Our grant scheme is about recognising the important role organisations like Age Concern Crosby are playing in supporting and improving people’s health and wellbeing.