Learning how to spot scams and fire safety at our Independent Living schemes
Following feedback on important issues some of our Independent Living tenants are facing, our activities co-ordinator organised separate scam and fire safety information sessions.
Wendy and Paula from Age UK visited Ancenis Court in Kirkham, and Lowerhouse, in Leyland, to discuss different types of scams to be aware of.
The tenants found the information really useful and informative.
They spoke about their experiences of scam callers and were also given the opportunity to speak to Wendy, who is a former police officer, on a one-to-one basis at a later date.
Paula also talked about what benefits and financial support the tenants could be entitled to.
Sue Broster, Progress Activities Co-ordinator, said: “The feedback has been extremely positive.
“Some tenants have made personal appointments with them in order to gain assistance, showing how useful these talks were.
“There have been lots of scams recently, and in fact there had been cold callers one evening up to 11pm. Our independent living co-ordinators and Age UK are supporting the tenants concerned and making enquiries.
“Tenants commented on how informative the sessions have been and some of them did not realise they could apply for extra money.
“Tenants really appreciated the advice given and some would like them to return next year. As Age UK says, there is always another scam on the horizon.”
Two members of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) visited Amounderness Court and Croft Court in Kirkham to talk about the dangers around unsafe appliances and practices in the home.
They tested tenants' knowledge on daily tasks with a question sheet and the session then was delivered around the answers of those questions.
Tenants told us they found the session useful, with one person saying: "Although a lot of fire safety is common sense, I enjoyed having someone there to talk through any concerns, especially for anyone who has issues around deafness and blindness."
Sue added: "We would like to thank Wendy and Paula from Age UK and the ladies from LFRS for taking the time to not only visit our schemes to deliver talks, but also to offer one-to-one time and visits afterwards. The ladies from LFRS even visited one tenant and issued him with a fireproof quilt."
- If anyone is interested in any of these sessions, please contact Sue Broster on 07811351787 or email email@example.com.
- Click here to read about another project Age UK has been involved in recently: Independent Living tenants get tips on how to use online technology
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