SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit Westleaze Women's Institute
Wednesday 4th January 2017 has seen SCLT volunteer Ash Jones giving his first presentation of what promises to be the busiest year on record for the SCLT Public Presentation Team. He was hosted on this occasion by Westleaze Women’s Institute (WI), who meets every month at the Jubilee Pavilion, which is part of the Community Centre Complex in Long Ashton (North Somerset).
With an audience of 40 WI members, Ash entertained and informed the group with a 45-minute presentation on senior safety, specifically imparting crime prevention advice about avoiding the many frauds and scams that older adults face every day by way of the telephone, mail, e-mail and even on their own doorsteps.
The SCLT Senior Safety presentation has been honed over a number of years to ensure that the audience receive all the safety information they need, to gain enough confidence to deal with the scams they may encounter, whilst still remaining an entertaining evening for members of community groups. The presentation encompasses audio and video content as well as audience participation, which is skilfully facilitated by the very experienced presenters.
The Public Presentation Team now offer a wider portfolio of talks for community groups and clubs who require a guest speaker for their meetings, luncheons, dinners and other special events throughout the year. The new presentations include topics such as; The Nobel Prizes, The British Honours System, Dracula ‘The Man - The Myth’ and Field Marshal Bill Slim – Britain’s Forgotten Hero.
All the new talks are delivered with the support of state-of-the-art PowerPoint presentations, which include audio and video and are delivered by one of the highly experienced SCLT presenters, who are also members of the Professional Speakers Association.
The Women's Institute (WI), is a community-based organisation for women, was founded in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, by Adelaide Hoodless in 1897. It then expanded to Britain, and later to other countries. Many WIs belong to the Associated Country Women of the World organization.
The British WI movement was formed in 1915 in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll (Llanfair PG), Anglesey Wales. It had two clear aims: to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation's aims have broadened and it is now the largest women's voluntary organisation in the UK. The organisation celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015 and currently has approximately 208,000 members in 7,000 WIs.
Amongst WI aims and activities are providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, enabling them to take part in a wide variety of activities, campaigning on issues that matter to them and their communities.
Every individual WI meets at least once a month and there is usually a speaker, demonstration or activity at every meeting for members to learn and develop a range of different skills. Craft has always played an important role in the WI and thousands of members are involved in a range of different crafts across England and Wales.
The Women's Institute is often associated with food, cooking and healthy eating, and food and cooking form an important part of the WI's history.
At the conclusion of the evening, Ash commented, “As ever, I have really enjoyed my visit to a Women’s Institute. The Westleaze audience have been my best of the year so far and really engaged with our message of senior safety and avoiding frauds. There were many great questions from the crowd, although it was a sad indictment of the topic, that almost all of the ladies had been the victims of fraud or attempted fraud.”
Every member of the audience received a personal copy of the Senior Siren magazine – the award-winning crime prevention and lifestyle magazine of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team.
SCLT volunteer Ash Jones (centre) is hosted by Westleaze WI