Published on 29th April 2020

Police and Crime Commissioner funds outreach health and welfare services for vulnerable people in Mid-Cheshire

Funding from Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner will allow a local charity in Mid-Cheshire to deliver emergency equipment and supplies, develop online physiotherapy sessions and create a welfare helpline for those with muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular conditions across the County.

The Neuromuscular Centre (NMC) has received a £1,000 ‘Express Grant’ from PCC David Keane’s Safer Communities Fund to enable them to deliver specialist equipment to those isolating at home due to their complex health needs. The equipment to be delivered will include medication, gloves, plastic aprons for carers and additional personal care products.

A series of exercises and physiotherapy sessions are being created to ensure individuals can maintain their physical health and mobility whilst at home. The online sessions will be accessed by over 1400 people who would normally visit the centre in Winsford for regular, specialist support.

The specialist support centre will also create a welfare helpline enabling individuals to stay connected whilst in isolation. The isolation period is likely to be prolonged for these individuals and the NMC are eager to ensure everyone is able to promote positive mental wellbeing at such a challenging time.

Lyndsey Cannon-Potts, grants and contracts manager at The Neuromuscular Centre, said: “The grant will be really helpful in enabling NMC to provide a different range of services than we previously have for our vulnerable community of individuals and their families.

“The online resources will provide tailor-made sessions from our team of experts which will meet individual needs and give practical and emotional support. We recognise that many of our clients are potentially vulnerable during the lockdown to certain crimes and scams, it’s fantastic that we can use this vital funding not just to help maintain their health but also their wellbeing too.”

PCC David Keane added: “This funding will enable vulnerable people to access vital physiotherapy and emotional support services during the current Covid-19 pandemic. Enabling remote physiotherapy sessions also enables contact with people who are potentially vulnerable to crime and other health impacts associated with isolation.”

“The work NMC is carrying out to support its community is another example of how the community health sector and police are pulling together to support one another during this unprecedented crisis and think differently about how we maintain levels of care and support, addressing vulnerability and isolation in a truly joined up way.”

“I’m pleased to be able to provide grant support through my ‘Safer Communities Fund’ to local organisations enabling them to adapt and take action to protect vulnerable people.”

As part of his response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Commissioner is awarding a £1,000 express grant each day to different organisations across the county. Since it was set up at the start of the month over £20,000 has been awarded to a number of community projects across Cheshire. To find out more about how you can apply for the funding please visit: https://www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk/what-i-do/making-cheshire-safer/safer-communities-fund/

For further information, please contact pcc@cheshire.pnn.police.uk or 01606 3640000