15 April 2009>
A second series of events aimed at providing residents aged 50+ with important safety advice and support has received excellent feedback from the people that attended.
The Here to Help events, organised by the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership, together with the 50+ Positive Action Partnership and other local agencies, were held over three days in Rhymney, Bargoed and Bedwas.
Over the three days, more than 60 people attended the events, which added to the 250 people that attended the first round of events last October (in Blackwood, Risca, Caerphilly and Ystrad Mynach), means that over 300 people aged 50+ have benefitted from the help and advice offered at the Here to Help events.
Each days event began with a production by the Small World Theatre Company, called "Bogus", which explained how to deal with bogus officials, dodgy builders and false charity collectors.
The events also offered free:
- Advice on how to keep warm and well
- Blood pressure checks
- Safety advice
- Advice on pensions, council tax credit, energy efficiency etc
Free electric blanket safety testing was also offered at the first series of events – of the 99 blankets that were tested, 50 of them were deemed unsafe for use. For every blanket that failed the safety test, its owner was given a brand new one free of charge.
Cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Lyn Ackerman said, "I was delighted to see so many people coming along and making use of the services and advice on offer at the Here to Help events.
The feedback gained from people who attended the events has been extremely positive and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the agencies that were involved for all the hard work and effort they put in to ensuring the events were a success."
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