Advice service set to create 100 new jobs

Some of the 100 jobs to be created will be based at Wesham Hospital.
Some of the 100 jobs to be created will be based at Wesham Hospital.

A hundred new jobs are to be created on the Fylde coast by a service designed to help elderly people.

The Silver Line, a charity which has been set up with the aim of providing telephone advice, information and company for lonely older people, is set to base its operation in Blackpool and Wesham after Fylde Coast Medical Services (FCMS) was chosen as its preferred provider.

Offices at a former doctor’s surgery, on Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, and a new centre at Wesham’s PCT building will house the new employees when the service is introduced across the country later this year. The news has been welcomed by Coun Alan Clayton, who represents Wesham on Fylde Council.

He said: “It sounds excellent and it’s good to think it’s going to come into Wesham because it’s going to create employment for people.

“It [the service] sounds very favourable and something that I would support and encourage because there are a lot of elderly people who don’t know which way to turn when they have a problem.

“Depending on what the scope of it is I would think it would be very successful.”

Sophie Andrews, chief executive officer of The Silver Line, said: “The most important thing is to work with people who are going to give the best service for older people. I’m very pleased that we’re creating these jobs in Blackpool and the Fylde, and hopefully we can make a difference.”

Recruitment drive to be held for jobs

The Silver Line charity was founded by Esther Rantzen CBE, the brainchild behind Childline.

FCMS will now hold a recruitment drive ahead of the new centre’s opening.

Recruitment will begin from Monday August 12.

Suzy Layton, FCMS chief executive, said: “This is a huge achievement and great news for everyone.”

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