Melbourn Mobile Warden Scheme
Mobile Warden Schemes support older people to live independently in their homes and in the community they know.
Melbourn is the largest of around 12 Mobile Warden (sometimes known as Community Warden) schemes, operating in South Cambridgeshire.
The Melbourn scheme serves around 50 mobility impaired clients in Melbourn, Shepreth and Meldreth. It employs 6 wardens, and is operated by a local charity run by a committee of volunteers.
As well as making regular visits and phone calls to provide social contact and friendship, carrying out errands and helping clients access other support, the scheme also organises regular outings and activities including a lunch club.
How did they get started?
The Melbourn Mobile Warden Scheme was taken over, in its current guise, in 2010 with the help of Cllr Jose Hales. At the time it was serving 17 people with only the 1 warden.
Funding was secured from Cambridgeshire County Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and their local Parish Council.
The scheme is registered as a Charity, this allows the scheme to access certain funding and gives security to ensure the scheme is compliant with rules and regulations.
They marketed the scheme using many local channels including the doctor’s surgery, building society, local churches, leafleting and the Melbourn magazine.
They now have around 50 clients and have just recruited their sixth warden to the team.
How is it funded?
The main cost in running the Melbourn Mobile Warden Scheme is warden salaries.
Additional costs include:
- Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks (previously CRB checks)
- transport, and
- a small amount of advertising and the costs of printing the newsletter.
The scheme is successfully funded by a combination of grants (from Cambridgeshire County Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and local parish councils), donations and client fees.
Clients pay a monthly charge of £28 for a single person or £32 for a couple.
Melbourn Mobile Warden Scheme accounts can be viewed on the Charity Register
Who helped with advice and guidance?
The committee worked closely with the Charity Commission in order to make the necessary changes to become a registered charity.
They also worked with CareNetwork in the initial set-up.
Other useful information
Several local Mobile Warden Schemes (but not the Melbourn one) are managed by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Age UK. They employ the warden, deal with safeguarding and training issues and liaise with a local committee.
Care Network Cambridgeshire can provide free help and advice on setting up a mobile warden scheme.
To contact them, please ring or email the main office on 01954 211919 or firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the South Cambs Development Officer.
Find out more information on our Mobile Warden Grant scheme webpage.
We may also be able to help with set up costs for new schemes. Contact the Development Officer for your patch.
Find contact details for the Melbourn Mobile Warden Scheme on their website.
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