25th July 2016
The Mayor of Warrington has launched the first Mayoral Achievement Awards and is asking for you to nominate a worthy winner.
Mayor Cllr Faisal Rashid is calling Warrington residents to nominate deserving citizens for an award as part of his Mayoral Achievement Awards 2016/17.
The awards will run throughout the year. The first categories are being launched this month and citizens can be nominated in three categories, with an award to recognise a wonderful volunteer (for those who have volunteered and made a real difference), to recognise a young entrepreneur (under 25) (for young people who have set up a successful business) and to recognise a community champion (for people who are passionate about where they live and who work hard and inspire others).
Cllr Rashid said: “There are so many people in Warrington who are unsung heroes and this is my way of making sure we recognise their work. This is just the start – we will have more awards over the course of my mayoral year to celebrate the people of Warrington.”
Nominations close 31 August 2016. The winners will be presented with their award at a ceremony at the Town Hall on Tuesday, 27 September.
If you would like to nominate for this award then please follow this link: warrington.gov.uk/mayor
Published by Warrington Borough Council on Friday 22nd July 2016
19th July 2016
A project which offers practical help to terminally ill people who wish to remain at home has been piloted in Warrington.
The ‘Home Support’ project is celebrating a year of steady progress and will run until November 2016 at which point it will be evaluated to decide if it will continue.
The project is a collaborative venture between Warrington Borough Council; Your Housing Group; Golden Gates Housing Trust; Bridgewater Community NHS Trust; Warrington Disability Partnership; Warrington Home Improvement Agency and St Rocco’s Hospice.
For those who wish to end their life in the comfort and familiarity of home (where possible) a wide range of practical help has been made available. This can cover from painting and decorating, gas safety checks, advice on benefits, aids and adaptations; replacement of boilers to support with putting affairs in order (wills/power of attorney) and support with technology (internet access/skype).
A full time project worker, Diane Ryder, has been funded by Your Housing Group. She acts quickly following a referral, making a home visit and establishing the priority needs in each case by discussion with the patient/carer. A plan of action is then put into place.
Margaret Quormby, from Orford, has had a stairlift installed and is having a wetroom put in. She said: It’s been overwhelming what is being done for me. I keep getting emotional thinking about it, it just doesn’t feel real. It’s been a godsend for me and my son as it means we don’t have to move out of the home we’ve lived in for nearly 30 years.”
Project worker Diane said: ““It’s about allowing people to have a choice. It’s the final bit of control they have in their lives and in this case Margaret wanted to remain in the home she’s lived in for years.”
“Every individual case is different as not one person’s needs are the same. The support is tailor-made for that individual and their family. I have never been so happy in a job as I am now because I feel like I’m really making a difference.”
To date 48 referrals have been dealt with from across Warrington, with owner occupiers, private tenants and housing association tenants having all benefited from the practical help.
Cllr Pat Wright, executive board member for statutory health and adult social care, said: “For those who choose to stay at home, medical/nursing support is all in place. What this project offers is help with many practical problems, taking away the worry of getting things done at home at a very difficult time for the individual and their family.”
First published by Warrington Borough Council on Monday 18th July 2016.
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