Evergreen Angels support service set to close

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A charity has revealed that a scheme set up to support elderly people will not continue beyond the pilot year.

The Evergreen Care Trust, based in Stamford, launched the Evergreen Angels service last November and in March, expanded it to 24-hours.

But unfortunately, the charity says it’s now not financially viable to continue and the service will close on November 27, at the end of the pilot year.

A statement released by the Evergreen Care Trust said it was “with great sadness” it had decided to close the service.

The statement said: “Evergreen was determined to make this an affordable service. The Angel Service would only have been financially viable with a larger membership but sadly, despite every effort made to promote and increase membership, we have not had the take up we had anticipated or needed and we are, therefore, unable to sustain and continue this service.”

The statement went on to say the board of trustees at Evergreen had agonised over the decision and have “tried everything within their power to maintain the service”.

But they had “reluctantly arrived at the decision that nothing else can be done to keep the Angel service going.”

It added: “We are so sorry for any distress or inconvenience which will be caused to our members by the loss of their regular visits from Angel friends and access to the Angel 24 hour emergency call out service.

“We will do everything we can to support members over the next four weeks in bringing closure to the service.”

It said it hoped to be able to relaunch the service at “some point in the future” but it would depend on support within the community and from statutory agencies.

The Evergreen Angels service was initially set up to fill a gap left when the warden scheme was stopped.

Lincolnshire County Council launched a new Wellbeing service in April 2014. It previously gave South Kesteven District Council a sum of money for care, which the district used to fund wardens. But that money was withdrawn,meaning the end of the warden scheme.

All other existing Evergreen services will continue as normal.