Lottery cash to be spent helping elderly in Rotherham

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A Big Lottery grant for £250,000 is being used to fund a project to help older people stay independent.

The cash is being spent in Rotherham by national charity Living Streets, which asked local people to take part in an audit of their streets to identify issues which needs addressing, including poorly maintained pavements and a lack of dropped kerbs making it difficult for elderly people to walk around alone.

Project coordinator Jim Shaw said: “Being able to walk around our neighbourhoods is vital so people aren’t left isolated at home and unable to access vital services.

“Things like cars parked on pavements may only seem like a hindrance, but as we get older they become serious obstacles which can deter people from getting out and about.”