Dozens of people have benefitted from attending two Community Safety Ambassador events staged by East Suffolk Council.
The events brought together professionals from a range of organisations to share their knowledge with people who regularly work to address the needs of older residents.
A total of 44 people left feedback following the events, with everyone agreeing that the content was practical to their needs and interests; that the training will be useful to share in their communities, and that the events increased their knowledge of everyday safety issues.
The awareness raising events were a chance for individual volunteers and organisations to pick up free advice on numerous topics, from home security and personal safety, to preventing the risk of falls around the home.
Both Community Safety Ambassadors events were organised by East Suffolk Council and funded by an underspend in councillors’ collective Enabling Communities Budgets for 2021/22.
Councillor Mark Jepson, Assistant Cabinet Member responsible for Community Safety at East Suffolk Council, said:
“It’s really satisfying to know that these events have been so well received.
“I’m reassured to know that the skills shared across these two days will be utilised and passed on within our communities.
“We have a larger than average population of people aged over 85 in East Suffolk and it’s essential that they feel safe, supported and empowered.”
The events took place at the Hotel Victoria, in Lowestoft, and the Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, in Kesgrave.
In attendance were representatives of Suffolk Constabulary, providing home security and personal safety advice; Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service; Suffolk's Warm Homes Healthy People project; Suffolk Trading Standards; the Cassius digital care technology team, a service provided by Suffolk County Council to promote independence and connectivity, and East Suffolk Council’s antisocial behaviour lead, providing information and advice on how to report and protect against anti-social behaviour.
To find out more about how East Suffolk Council works to improve the quality of life and safety of residents, visit the Community Safety page of the website.