Public Presentation Team Visit Longwell Green Probus Club
Wednesday 5th September 2018 has seen SCLT enrichment presenter Ash Jones, accepting an invitation to join the monthly meeting of the Isle of Longwell Green Probus Club at their base at Longwell Green Community Cente on Shellards Road, to deliver one of the charity’s highly regarded senior safety presentations. The SCLT Charity specializes in providing highly informative, yet also enjoyably entertaining presentations to senior groups of all kinds, to help elder citizens avoid the dangers of financial abuse from the many frauds and scams that seem to circulate like seasonal viruses around the neighbourhood.
The word Probus is an abbreviation of the words PROfessional and BUSiness, however membership is not restricted to these two groups. It also embraces former executives of Government and other organisations, in fact anyone who held a position of responsibility during their professional life.
Probus clubs provide an opportunity for retired professionals to attend regular meetings with like-minded people who appreciate similar interests and social standing. Probus is an organisation for active retirees who enjoy the camaraderie that belonging to this organisation brings.
Probus provides a support network for professionals when they retire, these clubs were initially started for men but over the years has seen a steady growth in Ladies and Mixed clubs. Many clubs have extensive networking, social programmes, which include meetings with other Probus clubs, group trips, holidays and involvement in community projects etc.
The concept of Probus was born in the UK and has grown to be a huge success worldwide. One Australian gentleman said to a British member in the late seventies, “Probus is the best export the UK has ever had”.
At the conclusion of his visit, Ash commented, “I have really enjoyed joining the gentlemen of the Longwell Green Probus Club for their regular meeting today. It is a personal pleasure to deliver this senior safety presentation to the members and to offer them tips and advice on staying safe. This support could mean the difference between falling victim to a fraud or spotting it as a scam and taking the appropriate action.
It has also been my pleasure to be joined today by Damien and Ronald as observers of my presentation. Both are officers with the elite Organised Crime Command of the Metropolitan Police and have come along to see if they could pick up any tips from the way we offer support to elder citizens in regard to the epidemic of frauds that is presently sweeping the country. I hope they liked what they saw and we will soon see elders in London being offered a similar service to our package of protective services in the South West & Wales.”
Every member of the audience received a personal copy of the award-winning Senior Siren magazine, which is produced by the Senior Citizen Liaison Team and published quarterly online and via a local network of outlets