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Birthday bash for one-stop service.

MORE than 100 Castle Vale residents have helped celebrate the first birthday of the estate-based Help the Aged one-stop shop.

The First Connect scheme is a partnership between Help the Aged and the Castle Vale Community Housing Association.

It provides older people with easy access to local services.

During the past year, the project has managed to secure funding for new central heating boilers, grants for home repairs, free carbon monoxide detectors and stair and grab rails.

Emma Spragg, from Help the Aged, said: "First Connect has already made a significant difference to many older homeowners in Castle Vale."

Castle Vale residents over the age of 50 can access the programme by calling 0121 748 8146 or 0121 748 8147.
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Date:Feb 11, 2009
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