SCLT Charity Represented at Regional Home Office Seminar
Thursday 14th December 2017, has seen SCLT volunteer Ash Jones accepting an invitation to speak at a special event in Exeter on the theme of 'Protecting Older People from the Effects of Crime', which was hosted and facilitated by the Home Office and which was attended by members of the many government agencies, who have a hand in protecting the elderly.
The session commenced with a personal video message from the Right Honourable Amber Rudd MP, the Home Secretary, who expressed her desire for the senior safety agenda to be highlighted in the awareness and activities of many public organisations.
The seminar benefited from a number of guest speakers, who spoke on their own experiences and thoughts on the senior crime subject. Ash Jones, a veteran volunteer member of The Senior Citizen Liaison Team Charity (SCLT), explained the concept and execution of the charity's activities over the 8-years since it was created in Bristol in 2009, and how it has now come to offer it's suite of protective services and crime prevention education in South West England and Wales.
This was followed by a plenary panel involving all the guest speakers, in which th audience were able to ask questions of the panel, before the session concluded with an audience-focused capability exercise involving everyone future planning for the ageing population and how the public sector will cope with a huge increase in an older community.
At the conclusion of his keynote presentation, Ash commented, “I have been deeply involved in the senior safety theme for nearly a decade at this point and this is the first time I can recall, where the Home Office have undertaken any seminars and future-planning on this subject. The Home Secretary's opening address to the seminar attendees was extremely heartening for me, as it appears that she is setting a tempo for government, which will certainly include critical thinking about the future make-up of our communities”