First contact scheme links people to support services

A SCHEME making it easier to contact support and services which can help people to stay safe and independent will be launched in Amber Valley and Erewash on Wednesday, July 6, at the Old People’s Welfare Centre in Wilmot Street, Heanor at 2pm.

Derbyshire First Contact Scheme, which is already up and running across the rest of the county, links people to a range of community-based support, services and benefits, including home fire safety checks, free smoke alarm fittings, crime reduction advice and advice on housing, benefits and healthy living

Once a checklist is filled out it is sent to the county council’s contact centre Call Derbyshire. The relevant agencies are then contacted and they get in touch with the person direct to offer help and support. Since 2008, around 1,100 checklists have been completed and about 3,000 referrals generated.