Residents in Mistley benefit from community health checks

More than 100 residents on Mistley’s Stourview Estate have benefited from personal community health checks.

They have received help and advice on a whole range of issues – and also been made aware of the various services available to them.

The initiative was set-up by Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Community Builder Diane Boyd in partnership with Mistley Parish Council and took place in two phases.

Half the 180 homes were visited in May and the rest in July, with 107 households spoken to directly and others receiving information through the door.

Miss Boyd was supported by staff and volunteers from the Clacton Citizens Advice Bureau; Essex Fire & Rescue Service; Essex Police; Essex Cares; Essex County Council Trading Standards and Tendring Councillor Lynda McWilliams.

The operation involved fire safety checks, assessments for mobility aids, advice needs, ways of identifying rogue traders, crime prevention and support with independent living.

Cllr McWilliams, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Partnerships, said it was a very worthwhile exercise which benefited many residents.

“One particular person was identified as being at high risk and is now being supported to continue living independently and safely within their community,” she said.

“That person was in crisis with no electric, food, money or telephone. Their problems stemmed from a severe stroke and resultant memory loss but various agencies are now working together to resolve the situation.”

A total of 11 homes were found to have no functioning smoke alarms and these will be fitted free of charge by Essex Fire and Rescue Service.

A further 16 households needed advice from the CAB, mainly because they were not claiming all of the benefits they were entitled to and these residents will have appointments and home visits.

Three people needed an assessment by Essex Cares for mobility aids to promote independent living and one was identified as at high risk due to potential hoarding and will receive help from Essex Fire and Rescue Service.

Five households benefitted from guidance from Trading Standards with advice on rogue traders.

Leaflets were distributed on behalf of the Manningtree Food Bank to 180 homes along with postcards containing essential contact numbers of partner agencies.

Martin Rayner, Chairman of Mistley Parish Council, said: “We welcomed this initiative as it helps our vulnerable residents get the services they need - even if it is only to have a working smoke alarm.

“We could not have hoped to achieve this without the support of this team of people.”

The team is looking to carry out further health checks in Lawford and Manningtree later in the year.

Last updated on: 20/11/2014 - 12:08