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New manager for Moorlands Home Link and Bank House Day Care Centre for the Elderly.

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 18, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Claire Nugent.

Claire Nugent.

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A new joint manager has been appointed to run two vital care facilities in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Moorlands Home Link and Bank House Day Care Centre for the elderly in Leek have announced the appointment of Claire Nugent, who is now responsible for both services.

Ms Nugent, aged 43, from Biddulph, has started the job and said she is enthusiastic about the opportunity.

She said: "Both organisations are passionate about providing the best possible care for older people.

"They really complement each other, with the Bank House Day Care Centre based in Leek, and Moorlands Home Link with its day centre in Cheadle, and a wide range of other services supporting older people across the Staffordshire Moorlands.

"I am really looking forward to working with all the dedicated staff and trustees to help to make a positive difference to the lives of older and vulnerable people in the Moorlands."

Maureen Wiskin, Acting Chairman of Bank House Day Centre, said the appointment of a joint manager enabled the services to look to the future.

She added: "Sharing a manager was a logical step for us as we have worked together in recent years and have developed a good relationship.

"We are keen to see what we can achieve by having someone who can take a strategic approach to our future development."

David Watson, chairman of Moorlands Home Link, added: "This is a great time for us to bring a new person in who will look at things differently and will bring new ideas to help us develop even better services for vulnerable elderly people."

The Post & Times last week reported how Helen Wainwright, aged 66, one of the founders of Moorlands Home Link in 1986, had stepped down after nearly three decades with the service.

There are now 36 staff and 300 volunteers working for Home Link, which supports many elderly people across the district in their own properties.

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