A new digital network has been launched in Angus designed to help organise support for those in need.
Rally Round will enable family members, friends and carers to create and organise support for themselves or someone they care about.
Users can add tasks to a ‘to do list’ around an individual’s personal needs and lend a hand by agreeing to do specific tasks on the list.
Angus Care and Repair is the first in Scotland to be providing the service after receiving a grant for a one-year pilot from TEC Ready which is a national programme funded by the Scottish Government.
Manager Judith Leslie said: “Rally Round is available to be used to support anyone with an Angus postcode and is completely free to use.
“It can be of assistance as a long-term package of support as a temporary measure to support someone who needs assistance following an accident or stay in hospital.
“The individual being provided with support can be part of the network or can have a family member or friend be the main coordinator.
“Even voluntary or paid care workers or NHS staff can be invited to the network to enhance a hospital discharge or care at home package.
“To get started all you need are the email addresses of the person to be supported and the first few people who are to begin the network.
“You can add or subtract from the network throughout the year to reflect any changing needs.”
She added: “There are many people who need additional support but do not need statutory services to provide the support.
“This is a way of coordinating and encouraging family and friends of all ages to rally round and provide as much support as they are able to do.”
She said tasks might range from as little as replacing a light bulb to picking up a prescription or cutting someone’s grass.
Angus Care and Repair is an independent charity set up to assist older and disabled people to remain independent in their home.
They carry out minor adaptations, home safety checks, telecare installations and advise about major repairs and adaptations with funding from Angus Council.
With other charitable funding obtained from the Life Changes Trust, Care and Repair also runs and dementia enablement service to support people affected by dementia to remain safe at home.
For more information about the Rally Round service call 01307 463232 or pick up a leaflet from the office at Carseview Road, Forfar.