Published: 01/02/2014 14:00 - Updated: 31/01/2014 11:38

Toenail clipping plea

Written bySarah Rollo

A TOENAIL clipping service for older people in Moray has been established by a team of volunteers.

Help is at hand for your feet!
Help is at hand for your feet!

Moray HandyPerson Service launched the initiative to meet demand, and is now running three sessions per week.

The sessions are aimed at people over the age of 50 who are unable to cut their own nails due to issues such as frailty, difficulty in bending, impaired eyesight or problems with dexterity.

Volunteers, who will be offered podiatry training, are also sought to enable the service to grow.

Sessions are run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Victoria House, in Elgin’s Victoria Crescent, and home visits can be arranged under special circumstances.

Due to hygiene regulations, clients buy their own clipping kit from the Moray HandyPerson Service, at a cost of £13, and bring it every time they need their nails cut.

A donation of £10 is suggested towards expenses, rising to £20 should a home visit be required.

The Moray HandyPerson Service currently has a team of about 30 volunteers who carry out odd jobs for older, disabled and vulnerable people.

Tasks range from putting up shelves or curtain rails to moving furniture and replacing light bulbs. A de-cluttering service is also available.

Staff and volunteers also assist those eligible for an energy efficiency grant to fill out the paperwork as part of a drive to tackle fuel poverty.

Moray Council is working with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) and the Scottish Government to help elderly or vulnerable tenants and homeowners replace boilers, upgrade electric storage heating or have their home insulated for free.

To find out more about grant eligibility, the nail clipping service, or enquire about an odd job, contact the Moray HandyPerson Service on 01343 559739 or 01343 543490.

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