Forest Linkline service celebrates providing peace of mind for 30 years

Release date: 9 October 2018

Forest Linkline is celebrating 30 years of providing peace of mind for the local community through its 24-hour emergency monitoring service that assists with living an independent lifestyle.  The service offers support and reassurance to those that need it most, simply at the touch of a button.

Traditionally aimed at the elderly the service now provides support for those who find themselves in vulnerable situations such as recently being discharged from hospital, those with a disability or those who have been victims of domestic abuse. 

Our professional, friendly and experienced team are available to offer guidance and advice and can visit you at home to discuss individual needs.  Over the next month, local leisure centres will house displays, with a wealth of information and free commemorative cotton shopping bags will be given away free so do pop along and find out more!

From humble beginnings 30 years ago, Forest Linkline now keeps over 1,500 clients’ safe in and around the area.  A recent client said: “The service is invaluable in allowing Mum to live independently in her own home; it’s so reassuring to know that help is available at a push of a button.  The police-approved key safe also ensures there is a secure way for help to enter her home in an emergency”.

Deb Hughes, Operations Manager, commented: “From an idea 30 years ago about how best to keep the elderly in our local community safe , the service has now grown and prospered and provides a vital link to safeguarding many vulnerable people by simply pressing a button”.

Cllr Alan Grant, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “The service isn’t just for older people – it’s for anyone in the community who needs added peace of mind.  Some people have divorced and are suddenly living on their own; there are people who have been victims of crime; those who are disabled but want to live independently; also people escaping domestic violence and other customers who are terminally ill.

“Anyone who is interested in Linkline, whether for themselves or a loved one, can call us for a free no-obligation appointment.  There is no pressure at all.  Our aim is to keep our community safe and provide them with reassurance and support to live their lives independently “.

For an informal chat about our service or to arrange a home visit please call a member of the Forest Linkline team on 01594 810000 or email forestlinkline@fdean.gov.uk.

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Issued by: Communications Office, Forest of Dean District Council, 01594 812622, council@fdean.gov.uk

Free commemorative cotton shopping bags are available on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information visit www.forestlinkline.co.uk or search for Forest Linkline on Facebook and Twitter.

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