Hope Careline given a helping hand

TEA PARTY: Hope Careline users and volunteers with tenants at Caroline Court. Photo contributed.
TEA PARTY: Hope Careline users and volunteers with tenants at Caroline Court. Photo contributed.

The support from the operators of a retirement housing complex has helped ensure the success of a volunteer-run scheme that provides a vital link to the local community.

Set up in October 2011, Hope Careline provides a free daily phone call to those living in the Hope area, who would be reassured by regular contact just to check all is well and to provide a friendly contact with the outside world.

Practical support and advice was provided by Hathersage Careline, and the Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service in setting up the service – but a base was needed from which to operate.

It was then that Margaret Evenson, Manager at Anchor retirement housing scheme Caroline Court offered a room for the team to use.

To mark the success of the collaboration a tea party was held at Caroline Court.

It provided an opportunity for Careline service users to meet the volunteers who make the calls and for some it meant the unexpected renewal of old acquaintances, as they discovered school friends with whom they had not been in contact for many years.

For more information about Hope Careline contact the secretary on 01433 620507.

For more information about Caroline Court visit www.anchor.org.uk.