Care In The
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30th August 2001
Serve Website Is Launched
The new Serve website has been launched. The website, which was
designed in house contains information about the services that SERVE provide
to the community. The website will be updated regularly with news and
information about SERVE. Please explore the site using the menu on the left
hand site of the screen. If you have any comment or queries about the site
please send them to
Serve Open Day
On Saturday 9th June, SERVE
held a Fete and Open Day at Rushden Hall.
The event was to show the
community what SERVE has to offer and to try and raise some money at the
same time. We would like to thank all the staff and volunteers who kindly
helped on the day.
We managed to raise £800 with
the help of companies who generously donated items for our raffle.
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New Vehicle Hits The Streets
Thanks to the generosity of
local people, organisations and national charities, a new vehicle bearing
the red SERVE logo is now visible on the streets of Rushden and surrounding
In May, a new Multi Purpose
vehicle with mechanical lifting gear for wheelchairs was acquired at a cost
This new vehicle will give
SERVE much greater flexibility in scheduling journeys to the Day Centres
and, being smaller, can be used for individual transportation.
The official handover ceremony
was held recently and was attended by the Mayor of Rushden Cllr Clive Woods,
the Chairman of East Northants District Council Cllr Albert Campbell
together with representatives of major donors, Rushden Golf Club, Barclays
Bank and The Lloyds/TSB Foundation.
New Mayor New Centre & Day Centre Renamed
The recently installed Mayor of Higham Ferrers, Cllr Anna Sauntson,
officially opened the Ron Manning Centre in Higham Ferrers by unveiling a
Although the Centre has been
running for some months it has only recently started opening for five days a
week and now has a full time Manager, Mrs Christine Slater.
The Centre is appropriately
named after a very prominent local volunteer who devoted his time in keeping
the streets of Higham Ferrers clean and litter free and who unfortunately
died a couple of years ago.
The Ron Manning Centre offers a
useful and needy extra service on Monday and Friday when it caters for
clients who require more attention and care in bathing.
The Crane Centre, which is in
the grounds of Rushden Hospital, Wymington Road, has been re-named The
Sylvia Smith Centre.
At a presentation ceremony
during the SERVE Open Day at Rushden Hall, a brass plaque was presented to
Sylvia Smith which will be displayed at the Centre.
Operations Director Barry
Graves, who has taken over from Sylvia, said "This is in recognition of the
years of dedicated service that Sylvia has given both to SERVE and the
people of Rushden. The old Crane was Sylvia’s idea and the introduction of a
Health Farm was both innovative and professional and reflects Sylvia’s
attitude to care".
The Chairman of the Management
Committee, Peter Pillai, also paid tribute to Sylvia during the presentation
and wished her a long and happy retirement.
April 2001 Accident
SERVE has launched a new
service aimed at reducing accidents in the home. The scheme, which is funded
by the NHS, Northants County Council and Age Concern, Rushden, operates
throughout East Northants and is available to anyone who is over 60 years of
age or disabled.
A volunteer who is suitably
trained will visit the house and assess the work that is required and,
providing it is within his scope, will pass the enquiry to SERVE’s Handyman
The type of work covers things
like installing grab rails, changing light bulbs and fixing loose carpets.
Any work that cannot be handled by the Handyman is referred to other
agencies such as Care & Repair. Advice is also given where necessary on any
available grant aid that may be available. The only charge for the work is
for the materials used.
SERVE are working with
Volunteer Action in Oundle to ensure that the whole of the area is covered
and the scheme was officially launched by Phil Hope MP at the end of April.
Following the launch Barry Graves said "There is a need to try to
eliminate accidents in the home. Some 87% of all accidents involving the
elderly occur at home. SERVE are pioneering this scheme in East Northants
and I am certain that it will grow enormously over the coming months".
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