A NEW home help service in Blackburn is looking to provide a lifeline for older and disabled people who still want to retain their independence.

Ronnie Brown and Beverley also home their new venture, Community Home Help (CHH), can help out the socially-disadvantaged in the borough.

And with their Mill Lane outfit just having secured community interest company status, and half a dozen clients already on board, the pairing is looking to deliver for Blackburn and Darwen and beyond.

The duo has spent the majority of their working lives in the sector, with Ronnie responsible for establishing Prestige Services 15 years ago

He said: "We are looking at providing home help, practical support and a range of other services for elderly, disabled and socially-disadvantaged service users.

"One of our main aims is to ensure people retain their sense of independence so it's not about looking after their care needs but helping them to remain active."

Beverley added: "Becoming a community interest company is a major achievement for us and will enable us to take things to the next level."

Some of their services might include cleaning, laundry, going to the shops, providing transport to and from doctors or hospital appointments, odd jobs, dog walking, even oven cleaning or providing a listening ear.

Ronnie says that CHH already has a team of qualified and vetted staff on standby, as they secure fresh work. The company can be contacted on 01254 492105 or via e-mail on communityhomehelp@yahoo.com