New Senior Safety Surgery Begins in Abergavenny
Wednesday 21st March 2018 has seen the very latest senior safety initiative of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team Charity (SCLT) holding its inaugral event at the Coffee Pot Café, popular town-centre refreshment venue in the Welsh market town of Abergavenny. The day saw the launch of a ‘Senior Safety Surgery’ for Abergavenny, where local residents can seek advice from specially trained advisers on the growing problem of financial harm crime, such as frauds and scams, which are frequently targetted at the most vulnerable in the community.
The Senior Safety Surgery is essentially a pop-up safety advice clinic, where visitors can drop-in for advice around avoiding all types of fraud and scams (telephone, email, mail and doorstep), as well as seeking support and signposting to other statutory & voluntary agencies who may be able to assist further. The Senior Safety Surgery will be popping up at other locations around the Abergavenny area, usually in public and community locations such as coffee shops and public buildings. No appointments are required and anyone seeking advice in invited to sit down and have a chat, where our advisors will be happy to help, or to arrange a more private consultation (or telephone consultation) at the client’s convienience.
Mr Jon Williams is the SCLT Charity lead volunteer in Wales and facilitated the Senior Safety Surgery in the Coffee Pot Café on Wednesday. He helped set up the new initiative and commented, “The Senior Safety Surgery initiative is a wonderful opportunity for elder citizens to simply turn up and have a chat with someone who has a special interest in helping them avoid falling victim to a scam or fraud which may harm them financially, but also our advisors will be happy to discuss general safety arrangements such as home security and will be delighted to assist with a referral to another agency, like the police, who may be able to assist further.
All of our advisors have received specialist training in senior safety and all have been fully vetted and security cleared, to ensure our cleinst can feel entirely safe when they speak about matters of a financial nature that they may have concerns about. Many of our volunteers, such as myself, are members of the police service, who volunteer their services to help elders outside of their professional commitments.
We will be holding more Senior Safety Surgeries throughout the Abergavenny area in the coming months and encourage anyone who would like to have a chat to come along and speak with our advisers. We will be letting people know when and where our Surgery sessions will be held through the local press, public noticeboards and posters in the Abergavenny area.
Today has been a great start for the initiative, with several elders joining us for a chat and for advice about staying safe, we look forward to seeing many more in the future”
The Senior Safety Surgery was visited by a number of local dignitaries including the High Sheriff of Gwent – Mr Kevin Thomas JP and the Mayor and Mayoress of Abergavenny – Mr & Mrs David and Penny Simcock.