Don’t forget that this week is Equipment Amnesty week!
People all over Carmarthenshire are being encouraged to look in their spare rooms, attics and sheds for unused equipment which has been previously loaned to them by health and social care services.
Carmarthenshire’s Integrated Community Equipment Service has teamed up with Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services (CAVS) to hold an amnesty in a bid to retrieve equipment including crutches, walking frames and wheelchairs.
Throughout this week (Monday December 5 - Friday December 9), designated drop-off points have been set up in the Llanelli area.
They are at the Bigyn Communities First office in John Street, Llanelli; Communities First Llwynhendy in Pemberton Road; Felinfoel Communities First at the Community Resource Centre off Ynyswen Road; and Glanymor and Tyisha Communities First in Inkerman Street.
People are also welcome to drop items off directly at the CICES base on the Dafen Industrial Estate, or call to arrange having items collected if they live further afield.
Martin Figg, Operational Manager of the service, said: “We understand that people’s circumstances change, which mean that they will no longer require equipment which may have been loaned to them.
“During the amnesty, we are encouraging members of the public to look in their own homes, or to check with their relatives, to see if there is any equipment which could be returned to us – these may be crutches, walking frames, wheelchairs, perching stools, commodes or toilet frames.
“All we ask is that the items are returned clean. They will then be sterilised, checked and reissued to someone who will benefit from them.”
The Integrated Community Equipment Service - a joint venture by Carmarthenshire County Council and Hywel Dda Health Board - currently supplies equipment to over 5,000 service users.
Since its launch in October 2009, over 20,000 items of community equipment have been loaned out, and around 7,000 items returned.
Cllr Pat Jones, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Health and Social Care, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to have a quick check at any equipment they may have, and to return it and clear a little more space in their homes, just in time for Christmas!”
For further information, contact the Equipment Service on 01554 744359 or by email at email@example.com