Booklet aims to help vulnerable residents

Edith Griffith, chair of Bassett Road PPG, left, and Rose Gunter, chair of the booklet working party, with town clerk Mark Saccoccio
Edith Griffith, chair of Bassett Road PPG, left, and Rose Gunter, chair of the booklet working party, with town clerk Mark Saccoccio
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Volunteers concerned about care for older, vulnerable people in Leighton Buzzard have been working hard to make life a little easier.

The Patient Participation Group (PPG) at Bassett Road Surgery has produced a booklet containing information about health services, aids to mobility, local authority services, specialist support groups and transport services.

Margaret Dews, 81, who is a work group member of the PPG, said: “So many older people live on their own and are often unable to find contact details of health organisations when they need it.”

While Central Bedfordshire Council does produce similar literature, it is targeted at the wider Bedfordshire area.

“This is a local community initiative,” Margaret added. “The driving force behind the booklet was to help older and vulnerable residents in Leighton Buzzard specifically to know who to contact or where to go when they need help.

“We had positive feedback from the health professionals who attended the launch. They said they thought it was a useful tool for them and for older people.”

Town clerk Mark Saccoccio, who attended the launch on Thursday at The White House, said the work was “of value and importance to the wider community”.

Margaret Brown, 85, from Leighton Buzzard, has been credited as the “motor” behind the production since she organised the creation of a similar booklet in 1979 for young families.

Around 4,000 copies of the pamphlet have been printed thanks to funding from Leighton-Linslade Town Council and can be found at the Bassett Road, Grovebury Road, Salisbury House and Leighton Road surgeries as well as on the Bassett Road surgery website at www.bassettroadsurgery.co.uk.