Volunteers prove vital to respite service

Coun Kath Rowson
Coun Kath Rowson
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More people than ever are volunteering to help care for others in their community.

Blackpool Council has erlaunched an expanded social care volunteers service which now has 120 volunteers on its books.

The service sees helpers give respite to carers, from a sitting service to helping take people out, and arranging group activities.

Coun Kath Rowson, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for adult services, said: “Thanks to the increased number of volunteers we’ve been able to expand the range of services we offer.

“The volunteers are a valuable support to the services we provide, commission and fund and we hope they will continue to grow and help enhance people’s lives.”

Volunteer Pat Drayton said: “A lot of the people just want some company or something to talk to and it’s great to be able to give carers a respite.”