Council pleased at response to West Norfolk elderly support programme

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A total of 94,000 people have used a West Norfolk online service which aims to helpelderly people to live independently in its first year, it has been revealed.

The figure for the Living Independently in Later Years (LILY) programme was revealed during West Norfolk Council’s meeting at Lynn town hall on Thursday.

The programme, which is designed to give older people and families information and support to enable them to live independently for longer, was set up by officials from the council and the area’s clinical commissioning group (CCG), under the banner of the West Norfolk Alliance.

And Elizabeth Nockolds, the borough council’s portfolio holder for culture, heritage and health, said: “We think it’s a very successful project.”

Her report to the meeting also revealed that a new board is to be appointed shortly to oversee the second phase of the project, which is designed to establish common areas of need identified from service users.

The second phase is being funded by cash from Norfolk County Council’s Strong and Well fund.

And Mrs Nockolds said the scheme’s new board would be made up of representatives from the health and social care sectors.