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Charity service Age UK Boston fights back after recent vandalism

By Boston Target  |  Posted: December 03, 2012

COMPUTER TRAINING: Volunteer Janette Baggott shows an Age UK Boston service user how to use a PC.

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A CHARITY is trying to raise awareness of what it does following a recent vandalism set back.

Age UK Boston and South Holland, based at the Community Room, Strait Bargate, is an independent local charity and a partner of Age UK.

Although partnered with Age UK, the local charity is self-funding and separate to the Age UK shops in Church Lane which are part of the national charity.

The local charity offers its own unique services to those over 55.

These include trips out to day centres in the area, pop in sessions run by volunteers at the Conservative Club on a Wednesday, home support services such as cleaning, ironing and shopping and home support plus which provides shopping trips or appointments and gardening and handy person services.

The charity, which is celebrating its 60th year, also offers one-to-one computer training to those over 55 in return for a donation. This is also made possible by volunteers.

Lincolnshire County Council currently funds the day care for those attending but this will change next year.

Chief executive of Age UK Boston Richard Barclay praised the work of the staff and volunteers and said: “None of this would be possible without the work of our volunteers and staff.

“Transport is included for those attending day centres.”

People attending day centres are those with moderate to low levels of independence.

“We will be looking at a different way of offering this service as the people who use it will not be able to afford £35.”

For more on this and the effects it will have on service users keep reading the Target.

Mr Barclay added: “We are a partnership and could not function without other services at the Community Rooms.” These include Lincs Credit, PCSOs who are available at the rooms on a Wednesday, and Lincolnshire Community Health Service. It also works with Mayflower.

To fund all the services it offers the charity holds a number of charity events as well as charges for some of its services. These included a golf day and charity auction. It has recently also received a donation of £1,000 from Boston College.

Money paid to services goes back in to the pot and is used to pay support workers who are CRB checked and for the service the local charity provides.

However, the charity has had some set backs with recent vandalism at the back of the Community Rooms.

This has included an attempted break-in and damage to CCTV cameras which will cost around £600 and could have been used for services.

For more information go along to the Community Rooms or call 01205 364161.

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