If you could do with some help with your housework, laundry and ironing – or perhaps a hand to tidy up the garden – a local charity is ready to help.

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin is reaching out to older people in the Oswestry area and across the whole of the county, offering its Help at Home service.

Alongside the help with the chores, the scheme also provides companionship.

The scheme employs a team of caring, well-trained Home Support Workers. All come with good references and all are checked with the Disclosure & Barring Service (previously the Criminal Records Bureau).

They carry out everyday tasks that an older person may find difficult to manage.

These might include:
• vacuuming and dusting
• bathroom and kitchen cleaning
• shopping and collecting prescriptions
• laundry and ironing
• cleaning inside windows
• gardening

Wherever possible the same support worker will visit each time to provide continuity. Visits are usually undertaken in two-hour blocks, although in some cases a one-hour visit can be arranged.

Anyone over the age of 60 may be eligible for this service.

Following an enquiry or referral, one of the charity’s experienced assessors will visit to decide how best to be of help.

For further details, telephone 01743 233788 or email enquiries@ageukstw.org.uk

Community care worker joins an an elderly woman for a cup of tea while sitting at her kitchen table.