Welfare charity may close
A HEBDEN Bridge charity set up 60 years ago to provide the equivalent of today’s social services is under threat.
Hebden Bridge and District Old People’s Welfare Committee has seen such an improvement in official care that it has become less active, to the extent that its recent gatherings have been social events like strawberry teas and occasional theatre trips.
But it failed to find replacement committee officers at its annual meeting, leaving existing members fearful they might have to wind up the charity.
Chair Mavis Ring said: “Recent national developments bring, almost on a daily basis, worries about the delivery, maintenance and quality of welfare services.
“In the absence of any other independent organisation currently monitoring such matters as availability of care homes, hospital discharge procedures and compulsory use of the internet to claim benefits or make doctors’ appointments, it does seem the wrong time to close down.”
A public meeting in Hebden Bridge Town Hall at 10am on Saturday, November 24, will assess support for the charity and members hope it will signal its revival. For details call phone Mavis on 01422 842009 or email RobWard@ifiruled.co.uk as soon as possible.
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