Seniors’ Link benefits from council pot

Cash boost: Councillors Malcolm Chandler and Bob Creese (back) with (from left) Doug Sim, Beryl Roberts, David Roberts and Pat Sim of Holbeach Seniors' Link.
Cash boost: Councillors Malcolm Chandler and Bob Creese (back) with (from left) Doug Sim, Beryl Roberts, David Roberts and Pat Sim of Holbeach Seniors' Link.

A FORUM that champions issues for older residents has been handed cash to help keep its members informed.

Holbeach Seniors’ Link is one of the first groups to benefit from South Holland District Council’s new “Designated Members’ Budget” scheme – with £400 to pay for its annual postage bill.

Each councillor has a £4,000 cash pot to spend on projects of their choice and Whaplode and Holbeach St John’s councillors Malcolm Chandler and Bob Creese decided to back the seniors’ link.

Forum chairman David Roberts said: “We are anxious that nothing should stand in the way of older folk coming to our meetings. Because of the increasing cost of postage we took the decision to send out a diary of forthcoming meetings just once per year but this has not proved successful.

“To re-introduce mailings for each meeting was beyond our financial limits so we decided to ask two of our councillors to help us out from the “pots of money” allotted to each ward.

“Almost before I could catch my breath I was delighted to hear that our Whaplode and Holbeach St John’s councillors were prepared to cover the whole cost. This is just one more example of how district council is supportive of our work with older people.”

Coun Chandler said: “The Link provides a great service for older folk by providing support and information.”

Coun Creese added: “This is just the sort of project where the budget can help make a real difference.”