A charity that provides care services for people living in the High Peaks and Derbyshire Dales has undergone a rebranding.
Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales has been renamed Connex Community Support, with the aim of supporting more vulnerable people in the community.
The charity provides a range of services, including transport for older and disabled people, befriending, care and support, home maintenance and cleaning. In 2017/18 it helped over 5,300 people.
Connex was originally established as the Buxton Volunteer Centre in 1983 before merging with the Derbyshire Dales Volunteer Centre in 2013 to form a stronger, wider ranging community organisation supporting the people of the Peaks and Dales.
Now the charity is taking its next steps, as Connex Community Support – a name that the organisation says better describes what it does and reflects its positive, forward thinking approach.
Chief executive Gill Geddes told the Buxton Advertiser: “Feedback revealed that our existing name was not only lengthy and sometimes hard to remember, but that it was causing confusion over our service portfolio – we were still remembered as ‘the bureau’ which was renowned for volunteer development.”
“Today, we have so much more to offer, ranging from our specialist Readycall Macmillan befriending service, which supports those affected by cancer and life-limiting illnesses, to our transport and home maintenance services. “Our service portfolio is vast, and it was clear we needed a new communications plan that would tackle this and promote us effectively.”
Image: Connex launched a Home from Hospital scheme to support residents last year.