More help for the vulnerable

MORE vans will be on the roads to help vulnerable people live safe and independent lives in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire County Council is expanding its Handy Van Network, which delivers practical support to older and vulnerable people in their own homes.

The daily service, run jointly with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue, will increase its fleet from 11 to 12 vans. From this autumn, the service will also include Telecare services, equipment installed in the homes of people at risk of falling, who have had a fall, or those with certain medical conditions.

The changes will benefit around 550 extra people at a cost of £250,000. Since its launch in 2008, Handy Van Network staff have completed more than 80,000 tasks and 26,000 visits across the county.