Staff at the North Cotswold Voluntary Help Centre will continue to play a crucial role in Moreton in Marsh in 2008, thanks to a helping hand from Cotswold District Council.
The High Street branch of the NCVHC found itself under almost four feet of water after the July floods, but found temporary sanctuary at Cotswold District Council’s Moreton Area Centre.
Less than a week after the floods had hit the NCVHC offices – ruining computers, equipment and furnishings – they had moved into offices just down at the Centre in the High Street.
And although the NCVHC was insured against the damages, staff soon settled in their new location and it wasn’t long before they decided to make the arrangement permanent. A tenancy agreement was signed in early December and the small team of staff now operates from a spacious office within the Moreton centre.
NCVHC chairman Chris Stevenson said:
“We needed to set ourselves up in temporary accommodation, and CDC did that for us within days – they were very helpful.
“Ultimately, this new location will work very well for us and it’s a very positive move for us to be making.”
The North Cotswold Voluntary Help Centre provides transport to anyone in the community who may need a lift somewhere, be it the doctors, dentist, hospital or an eye appointment, charging just 30p per mile for the service.
It is open from 9.30am–1.30pm five days a week and also offers advice and information, a shopping service for the house-bound, and a sitting service to offer respite to carers.
Anyone wanting to contact the service should phone them on 01608 651115.