At Your Service: Group offering support to the elderly and disabled reopens in Barnard Castle
By Stuart Laundy - Senior Reporter
A SERVICE offering support to the elderly and disabled has reopened in the centre of Barnard Castle.
The Teesdale Disability Access Forum shop, in Barnard Castle, has been closed during the Covid-19 lockdown.
However, with the relaxing of restrictions, the base has reopened offering a limited service.
The shop is open Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 1pm.
The forum is unable to offer its wheelchair and mobility aids loan service.
However, the usual range of goods is available from the shop, including incontinence wear and disability aids.
There is no admission to the shop and clients are served from the door. Trustee and volunteer Lindsey Rudge said it was good to be back, albeit with a reduced service.
“We have a lot of regular customers, so it's nice to be back open for them,” she said.
“We did try to catch them before the lockdown to make sure they were well stocked up, but this has gone on longer than everyone thought.”
The forum’s other activities, such as armchair exercise classes and an afternoon club, also remain on hold while restrictions are in place.