£400,000 boost for help-at-home service

Theresa Allen getting help from Red Cross volunteer Luke Godfrey Picture: Graham Tonks
Theresa Allen getting help from Red Cross volunteer Luke Godfrey Picture: Graham Tonks

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  • Support at Home gets an extra £400,000
  • Money comes from the £16.8m Better Care funding scheme
  • It will be used to help older people stay in thier home
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EXTRA cash has been given to a scheme that helps people stay independent in their own homes.

Whether it’s checking someone is warm, has enough food in the house or helping them with their shopping, the Support at Home service has been given £400,000 to keep going.

I’m delighted through £400,000 of joined up better care funding over two years, we have secured the support at home service to benefit residents

Jo York, head of the Better Care programme

Funding has come from the Portsmouth City Council and the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group’s better care programme.

People who have suffered an illness or bereavement are given help.

Through a partnership with the British Red Cross, Age UK Portsmouth and Learning Links, the three provide services such as cleaning, shopping and laundry services.

Theresa Allen, 82, from Milton, can vouch for the difference the Support at Home scheme makes.

She was helped by service assistant Luke Godfrey, after spending a month in hospital following heart surgery in April.

Theresa said: ‘I had someone from Age UK help clean and Luke from the Red Cross came to see me every week and to walk with me.

‘It may sound like a trivial thing, but when I came home on my own, the idea of going to the shops was actually a bit scary.

‘Perhaps because I’d been in hospital for so long, I found my legs wouldn’t obey me, so I was lucky to have Luke to give me the confidence to know that if I did stumble, I would be okay.’

After four weeks of support from Luke, Theresa has now regained the confidence to go shopping on her own and is meeting new people via two community groups he introduced her to.

Since April, £16.8m of funding from the NHS and council is going towards schemes to help keep people out of hospital.

Head of the scheme Jo York said: ‘The voluntary sector in Portsmouth does an excellent job of running services.

‘I am delighted through £400,000 of joined-up better care funding over two years, we have secured the support at home service to benefit residents.’

The service is available to those living in PO1 to PO6 postcode areas and people can either refer themselves for help, or be referred by a healthcare professional.