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In St Helens

Registered Charity Number 1003476 Age Concern Mid Mersey is a company limited by guarantee registration number 2625647

In St Helens Welcome to Age Concern Mid Mersey Age Concern Mid Mersey was formed in 2008 by the merger of three local Age Concerns; St Helens, Halton (Runcorn and Widnes) and Warrington. Each of these local charities has been delivering a range of trusted services for many years which have helped many older people to feel safe and secure, be able to mix with others through a variety of activities and which supports many people through difficult times in their lives. Age Concern strives to ensure that older people are not forgotten and that their skills and experience are embraced and enhanced and valued within our communities. We hope to be able to build and expand our services over the coming years and will value as always the support that we received from over 200 volunteers in helping us do our work. However, although this guide focuses on what is happening in the St Helens area contact details for the whole of the Mid Mersey organisation are shown on page 13. If you can, visit our website at which gives details of all our current services.

Active Age & Active Care

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Advocacy, Information & Advice, Money made clear & Senior Voice

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Men’s Health Activities, IT Classes & Workwise

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Befriending & Counselling

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Volunteers and Donations

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Contact Us

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Notes & Information

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Products & Services


The mission statement of Age Concern Mid Mersey is to promote the well-being of all older people and their carers and to help make their lives fulfilling and enjoyable. Philip Longworth Chief Executive Although we would like to thank all of the sponsors within this folder for their support, neither Age Concern Mid Mersey nor More Media can recommend or endorse any services or products that they may supply.

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In St Helens Active Age Being active can make a huge difference to staying healthy and keeping your independence as you get older. We have an exciting range of mentally and socially stimulating activities held at the Mansion House in Victoria Park. Arts, Crafts & Languages x Calligraphy & Card Making with watercolours x Painting & Drawing for Beginners x Machine Knitting x Mixed Crafts

y Decorative Painting y Art y Languages

Exercise, Dance and Therapy x Gentle Exercise x Line Dancing x Tai-Chi - Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced x Tea Dance (Fortnightly)

y Chair Based Exercise y Beauty Therapy y Holistic Therapy

It’s a fun and safe environment where people can take part in their chosen activity and meet new faces. Please remember to ring 01744 752644 first to check if places are available.

Active Care The Active Care service gives a more active and stimulating experience to our service users who have care / support needs. We provide a varied range of activities and encourage our service users where possible to join in our Active Age Activities at the Mansion House. The Active Care Service benefits from the support of our essential and valued volunteers who are at hand to encourage and support if needed. The Active Care service is offered at our Mansion House site and at The Methodist Centre in Billinge; attendees enjoy the benefits of this service throughout the year. Please contact us on 01744 752644 for availability.

Transport We continue to run a fleet of minibuses enabling older people throughout the year to access our Active Care Services. Our drivers are all MIDAS qualified and they offer a friendly, reassuring door to door service for those who need it.

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In St Helens Advocacy, Information & Advice This is a free confidential service which offers a range of information, advocacy and advisory support on many issues including: Š Š Š Š

Debt Consumer Housing Disability


Leisure Health Welfare & Benefits Care Issues

We try to make this service accessible to all older people, whatever their circumstances. Š To contact by telephone ring 01744 752644 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9.30 am to 1pm. Outside of these hours you can ring and leave your name and number and someone will get in touch as soon as they can.  Š We can make appointments for you to call into the Mansion House to talk through your issues with a member of our Advocacy, Information & Advice Team. Š You can also email the team at

Money made clear Need help through the money minefield? Moneymadeclear is a new impartial service that can help you with everything from budgeting to borrowing, savings to mortgages. No selling, no jargon, just the facts. When it comes to money, we can help you work out what’s right for you. You can contact one of our specially trained Money Guides by calling 01928 575400 to arrange to see a Money Guide face to face in St Helens. All our sessions are completely FREE.

Senior Voice St Helens Senior Voice Forum is an organisation which was established to raise the voice and profile of the 50+ age group living in the borough of St Helens. The forum’s vision is to promote improved quality of life by empowering older people and their carers to undertake campaigns in order to influence decision makers. The forum currently has over 1,200 members, however, since 34% of the St Helens population is 50+ they are keen to expand the membership so that the Senior Voice Forum can be heard even louder with decision makers. For more information ring the Older People’s Forum Co-ordinator on 01744 752644.

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In St Helens Men’s Health Activities It’s all about men over 50 getting healthy and having fun. Some of the activities include: x

FREE 5 A SIDE FOOTBALL - At our age it’s about the passing game


SLIMMIN’ WI’ NO WOMEN ™Day/Evening sessions (Men Only) - Lose it having Fun


FREE SAILING LESSONS - Find your Sea Legs and have a laugh


FREE GOLF LESSONS - Working with a golf professional – see if you like it


FREE AQUA CIRCUITS FOR MEN - One of the best ways to start to exercise.

Classes throughout the Borough To book a place contact our Health & Wellbeing Development Officer on 01744 752644 or email

IT Classes Classes are held at Age Concern Mid Mersey’s Mansion House site where there is a fully equipped IT suite with 14 PC’s. The short courses are geared to differing levels and we can tailor the classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced users. Courses include: x x x x

Computers for Beginners Internet & Email Upgrading & Maintaining Computers Digital Photography and Enhancement

Please remember to contact us first on 01744 752644 to check if places are available.

WorkWise WorkWise is a pre employment information advice and guidance service that offers free and confidential assistance that is successfully helping older people ( aged 50+) in St Helens gain the skills and confidence which will enable them to successfully return to work. WorkWise offers careers advice and guidance, help in creating a CV, job search skills, job applications, redundancy counselling, confidence building, help with interview skills and assistance with gaining a work related vocational qualification. Successful Area Based Grant funding secured from St Helens Council ensures the continuation of the WorkWise programme. Residents living in any of the wards across the whole borough of St Helens are eligible to apply, providing they are out of work and aged 50+. For more information ring the team on 01744 616584

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In St Helens Befriending Our volunteers offer friendship and companionship to isolated and housebound older people living in their own homes either by visiting them or talking to them over the phone. We take into account people’s own interests and experience when matching them up and look also at making links in the community wherever possible. The Befriending Service offers: x x x x x x

Regular visits to share a cup of tea and a chat Long term companionship and support Sharing of interests Opportunity to form new friendships A reduced sense of isolation and depression Confidentiality

Contact our Befriending Co-ordinator on 01744 752644 for more details or email

Trust Matters Counselling Our counselling service for people 50+ is provided by professionally trained counsellors overseen by an experienced qualified counsellor. x Sometimes just putting your problems into words helps. x Talking with one of our counsellors may help you to find a new way of looking at things. x Asking for counselling is not a sign of weakness but a way of facing up to the difficulties you

have and doing something about it. x Counselling at “Trust Matters” gives you an opportunity to explore any problems and issues

you may have. x Set in confidential settings throughout St Helens with a counsellor who will listen and help

you explore and understand your feelings. Some areas with which you may experience difficulties are: Bereavement, Loneliness, Out of Work, Depression, Anxiety, Mental Health Issues, Self Confidence, Sexuality, Stress. Contact our Counselling Co-ordinator on 01744 752644 for more details or email

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Independent Financial Advice

Equity Release Drawing Pension Benefits Investments Inheritance Tax Planning

Specialists in Wills and Probate Court of Protection Work Lasting Powers of Attorney Inheritance Tax All aspects of elderly client advice


. . . . .

FREE Initial Consultation at your Home for all areas of financial planning including:

For a friendly and professional service Home Visits available on request Please ask for Amanda Woods or her team

Will Writing Call: Ian Brown

0151 426 4432

07788 674413

20 years experience


solicitors & commissioners

Tel 01744 626600 Fax 01744 626641

19 Hardshaw Street | St Helens | Merseyside | WA10 1RB

‘A Home Care Company’ Specialists in Dementia Care and Parkinson’s Disease

We provide care solutions to many people within their own homes. We help; The elderly and very frail People with physical and/or sensory disability Mental illnesses such as dementia Severe depression Acquired brain injury People who have suffered a nervous breakdown We would offer; Personal assistance / care Domestic assistance Social & Leisure Respite Sit-in Accompanied breaks away Sleep-in / Waking night Temporary rehabilitation packages - discharge. Tel: 01925 292751 email:

In St Helens Volunteers Volunteers are the life-blood of our organisation and we depend on local people to help in a variety of ways. Currently in Age Concern Mid Mersey we have over 200 people who generously give their time, enthusiasm, knowledge and skills to enable us to provide our services. It is not, however, a one-way street and our volunteers have said that they have gained tremendously in helping us by way of having fun, boosting their own confidence, learning new skills and trying something totally new to them. It has also given some of them the experience needed to gain employment. We would love more people to come forward to volunteer so if this appeals to you then ring 01744 752644 and we’ll send you an application pack and chat about how you can help us and we can help you.

Fundraising If you are interested in helping us with fundraising, please ring 01744 755877 for example: x

If you are a local business and would like to have one of our collection boxes in your shop or office for people to put in their loose change or


You are a local person who would like to support our fundraising activities which include organising various events during the year or


You would be willing to help by donating goods to our charity shops or for raffle prizes.

Donations and Legacies As a local independent registered charity, Age Concern Mid Mersey relies on the generosity of the general public and local business to financially support the services we provide for older people and their carers. If you would like to make a donation in memory of a loved one, leave a legacy (of any size) in your will or would like to make a donation (no matter how small) then please contact us on 01744 454530. We are extremely grateful to everyone who supports us.

Shops We have two shops in St Helens (one in Claughton Street and the other in Peckershill Road, Sutton) where we sell a wide range of donated goods including nearly-new clothing, bric-a-brac and small items of furniture. Please contact us on 01744 752644 if you have anything you wish to donate for sale in one of our Charity Shops. We really do appreciate your help but regretfully we cannot take electrical goods or large furniture.

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Haygarth Jones Solicitors GODWINS                    





We can help with in all aspects of legal matters for elderly clients and their families including:

For  initial  help  and  advice  contact:        

Paul Bargery  

t Wills

66 Claughton  Street  

t Inheritance Tax  Planning

St. Helens  

t Lasting  Powers  of  AĴorney t Court  of  Protection

Merseyside WA10  1SN    

Tel:  01744  740440  

t Administration of  Estates   t Property  Sale  and/or  Purchase  



t Equity Release

Providing High Quality Care & Support for all your needs and requirements including:

Personal Care Community Support Meal Preparation Medication Assistance Shopping Service Night Sitting Service Domestic Support For an appointment or visit, Please contact us; Able House, 1 Micklehead Business Village, St Michaels Road, Sutton Manor, St Helens WA9 4YU

Tel: 01744 853190 Fax: 01744 853191

Express Denture Repair Service

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In St  Helens   Shops:   24/28  Claughton  Street,    St  Helens  WA10  1RZ Telephone:  01744  454530

Contact Us   Information  &  Advice:   You  can  ring  01744  752644  (Tuesday,  Wednesday   and  Thursday  between  9.30am  and  1pm) Insurance  Services:   You  can  ring  01744  612256  

74 Peckershill  Road,  St  Helens  WA9  3JZ Telephone:  01744  819237


General Enquiries:   You  can  ring  01744  752644  

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Shops: You  can  ring  01744  454530 Or  email  us  at  : We  also  have  a  website:   Addresses  for  Age  Concern  Mid  Mersey: Head  Office:  The  Mansion  House,    Victoria  Park,   City  Road,  St  Helens  WA10  2RU Telephone:  01744  752644 Warrington  Office:  716-­718  Knutsford  Road,     Latchford,  Warrington  WA4  1JW Telephone:  01925  244645   Runcorn  Office:  44  Church  Street,  Runcom   WA7  1LR Telephone:  01928  575400  

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