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Red Cross launches vital new service on Lewis and Harris

23 January 2013

Press release
For immediate release               Tuesday 22 January 2013
For further information                Derek Masterton
Contact number                           0141 891 4016 or 07818 457589

Red Cross launches vital new service on Lewis and Harris

The British Red Cross is launching an important new care in the home service on Lewis and Harris.

It will help older people, who live alone and don’t have family nearby, to regain their independence and confidence after an injury or a stay in hospital.

The scheme will also help cut down on unnecessary hospital admissions and allow people to return sooner to the comfort of their own home.
The seven-days-a-week service – which starts in February - will be tailored to meet the needs of individuals, helping them get back into their normal routine.

Specially trained Red Cross volunteers will help people with tasks such as shopping, preparing light meals, light housework and collecting prescriptions. They will also offer companionship and emotional support.

Nicholas Hunt, Red Cross services manager for the Western Isles, said: “Older people can lose their confidence after an injury caused by a fall or following a lengthy stay in hospital. They want to get home as quickly as possible but are worried because they live alone.
“The Red Cross wants to help those people regain their independence and confidence. It’s about helping them to do things for themselves, enabling them to keep control and choice in their lives.”

People wishing to access the service can do so through their GPs, local hospital or the Western Isles Council social work department.
The humanitarian organisation is also looking to recruit more volunteers to help deliver the care in the home service. No previous experience is needed and full training will be provided.

Nicholas Hunt added: “Volunteering with the Red Cross is a very rewarding experience. Volunteers meet new people and learn new skills, at the same time making a valuable contribution to the communities they live in.

“Last year in Scotland, the Red Cross helped more than 32,000 people to live more independently through our health and social care services.
“Nobody wants to stay in hospital for longer than they have to and our care in the home service on Lewis and Harris will be appreciated by many people. It’s a chance for volunteers to help make a real difference to the lives of others.”

For more information on the Red Cross care in the home service on Lewis and Harris, contact Nicholas Hunt on 01851 702897.
To learn more about the work of the Red Cross in Scotland, go to


The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

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