THE most vulnerable people in society will be able to benefit from a new service thanks to a £30k grant.

Unity, based at Andover Bus Station, has been awarded the boost from Hampshire County Council’s adult services to provide up to 12 weeks support for those who need that bit of extra help to remain independent through a new connector service, which will start this month.

Chief executive Terry Bishop said: “We are so pleased to have been awarded this grant, which will provide vital help to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. We are delighted to be able to work hand in hand with adult services with whom we already have a positive relationship to ensure that Test Valley residents have that bit of extra help when they need it the most.”

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, awarded £177,000 in ‘Local Solutions’ grants to community and voluntary organisations across the county.

Cllr Fairhurst said: “Hampshire is fortunate to have a wide network of excellent local organisations helping people within communities to remain fit and well. Through the provision of these adult social care grants, I am very pleased that the County Council is able to support and help sustain these organisations’ ongoing work with Hampshire residents, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, to continue living independently, with a good quality of life, within their communities.”