Till & Glendale Rotary Club

Back to business: After having a couple of events affected by the weather, it has been back to business as usual at the last two meetings of the Rotary Club of Till & Glendale.

Our latest business meeting brought members up-to-date with club activities, including funding for the wishing well that is now in place at Riverside Leisure Park, Wooler, and raising money for the club’s charities and good causes.

Two members visited Seahouses Rotary Club recently to speak about our first year as a new club, and we hope to visit Eyemouth Rotary Club during the summer.

Although the working party plan to tidy and plant pots in the Hospice garden in Berwick had to be postponed, individual members have continued the work there, to help keep it an attractive space for those attending the Hospice to enjoy.

Our latest speaker, Patricia Wilson from Age UK Northumberland, informed us about their concern regarding the under-claiming of Attendance Allowance within Northumberland.

She gave a comprehensive but clear explanation of who is eligible to claim and outlined the help that is available to people with filling in the form for it.

It is for those who are 65 years or older and who need frequent help with personal care, such as getting dressed or eating meals, or need continual supervision.

Patricia stressed that this benefit is not means tested, it is based solely on a person’s need and people already receiving other benefits can receive Attendance Allowance too. Organisations that can assist with the form filling are: Age UK, Citizens Advice Bureau, and DWP Benefit Enquiry Line.

For more information or free confidential advice, Age UK Northumberland’s Advice line telephone number is 0845 950150 or 01665 605707, Monday to Thursday, 10am-1pm.