Rory Stewart MP on Friday paid a visit to the Carlisle and Eden branch of Age UK’s new Hub service, following its official opening last month.

​There he met with local staff – including ​Hub Coordinator Hazel Laithwaite, and Alison Ambrose, CEO of Carlisle and Eden Ague UK – and volunteers, and chatted about the importance of the service to Eden’s elderly residents.

​The Hub is a ‘one stop shop’ that aims to promote illness prevention services to help keep people healthy and living independently at home, whilst reducing visits to GPs and hospitals, and offers a range of ways for people in Eden to access help and support. Rory saw how the information and drop-in services work at the Sandgate Resource Centre, staffed from Monday to Friday between 10am and 4.00pm.

Rory said: “The Hub is truly outstanding, in terms of the services on offer, and the ethos behind it. It is run by a dedicated staff and team of volunteers, and clearly they give one hundred per cent in effort to ensuring that the elderly in Eden know about the ways in which the Hub can benefit them. It was a great pleasure to meet everyone today, and I will look forward to spreading the word about the Hub to my constituents.”

​Eden residents wishing to find out about services that will help them stay healthy can drop in to the Hub or they can call the Helpline on 08443 9671885. When they make contact they will be able to find out about a wide range of services including: h​andyman/gardeningservices; ​sign language support for the deaf community​; l​earning how to stay well (healthy eating, exercise, money management)​; ​’Listening Ear​’​ (a chance to talk, be listened to and supported to find solutions to problems​; a​ helping hand on return home from a hospital stay (cleaning, shopping, collecting medications, etc.)​; a​dvice about aids and adaptations to make life easier; ​Benefits Advice​; h​earing aid maintenance​; access to l​eisure groups/social networks.

​For more information please v​isit the Hub at​: ​Resource Centre, Sandgate, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7TP o​r call the​ir​ Helpline on 08443 9671885​.



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