Westhoughton Visiting Service expands under new name
A CHARITY which helps vulnerable old people is celebrating its massive growth — with a new name.
Westhoughton Visiting Service has become Senior Solutions now it has grown from a visiting service for the elderly, to offering dementia “sit-ins” and serving up hot lunches to vulnerable older people.
It is also hoped the new name will enable the group to apply for more funding.
Scheme manager Jean Jones, aged 63, said: “We are no longer simply a visiting service in Westhoughton, we do much more than that and hopefully the name change will get that across.”
The last annual meeting of WVS was held at Brook Field Hall, followed by a buffet celebrating the launch of the new charity.
Mrs Jones, who has been involved with the charity since it was founded in 1997, said: “The relaunch went very well, we got an excellent turnout.
“We need to find alternative investment and we thought being less parochial would be the best way to achieve that.”
Funding for Mrs Jones’ assistant Hilary Welsby — Senior Solutions’ only other paid staff member, who has 10 years’ service — is now under threat, with a two-year agreement with Lloyds TSB ending this year.
The charity has strong links with Westhoughton Methodist Church.
“It was strange really, it was like a reunion and relaunch all at the same time,” added Mrs Jones.
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