Linkage Community Trust hails staff for work to relocate students during floods

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The Linakge Community Trust’s direcord of care services has praised the organisation’s staff for their efforts to temporarily relocate students from flood threatened properties in Skegness, Mablethorpe and Cleethorpes.

The tidal surge which devastated some communities on the east coast on Thursday posed a major test for learning disability charity, Linkage Community Trust, when it acted to move more than 70 students and service users from accommodation which was deemed at risk.

The charity followed the Environment Agency’s procedures, and Linkage’s Care and Education Directorates started to organise the relocations from properties at Cleethorpes, Mablethorpe and Skegness at around 3.30pm on Thursday.

Roughly 45 residents, who live in Linkage properties or in the community and are supported by the charity, were evacuated and moved to Linkage’s Toynton All Saints site near Spilsby.

A further 26 from houses in Skegness were moved to accommodation in Spilsby. Four residents were moved from a house in Cleethorpes.

Director of Care Services Rex Richardson was delighted with the way the operation went. He said: “It was a live test of our business continuity planning and the smooth process was down to the commitment and flexibility of our operational staff as we organised transport and support for the needs of our clients.

“Everyone was returned to their homes by Friday afternoon.”

Meanwhile, the weather also forced the cancellation of a Linkage Christmas Fair in Grimsby.

The event, which was raising funds for the Moving On Partnership, which helps learning disabled people improve their independence skills, has been rearranged for Thursday, December 12 between 6pm and 9pm at 275 King Edward Street in Grimsby.