County backs £5m service

Older and vulnerable residents in Norfolk will receive extra support after the county council approved £5 million of increased spending.

Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet agreed on Monday to provide the funds in order to tackle the rising need for care services.

A ‘Strong and Well’ partnership will be created as a result, with representatives from Norfolk’s voluntary, housing, health and business sectors working to provide support to older people with emerging social care needs.

A new face-to-face service will include volunteers making home visits and giving residents information about services available to them.

Shelagh Gurney, cabinet member for adult social services, said: “This funding is fantastic news and will make a huge difference to older people and vulnerable people in the county by providing extra support and enabling communities to help themselves.”