SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit – Beaufort Townswomens Guild
Tuesday 11th June 2019 has seen SCLT volunteer Ash Jones accepting an invitation to join the regular group meeting of the Beaufort Townswomens Guild in the City of Bath at the Baptist Church Centre on Manvers Street for a rendition of the Senior Safety presentation.
What Townswomen Do - Members of Townswomen's Guilds offer each other support and stability in an increasingly fragmented society, with each member benefiting from a strong national movement that has remained a cornerstone for thousands of women across the UK.
A force to be reckoned with, Townswomen play a pivotal role in communicating important national issues to governmental bodies and the media. Since its inception in 1929, members have collectively voiced their concerns to change and improve the livelihoods of women, something that is still pursued as passionately as ever.
Townswomen attend national events to use their voice, individually and collectively, for the good of society. National events give members a wonderful opportunity to represent their local Guild on a national level. However busy Townswomen may be, many still find the time to help those in need. Thousands of members across the country play an active role in their communities and work tirelessly to raise funds for a variety of causes. In addition, Townswomen are actively involved in a wide range of public affairs issues and effectively lobby local MPs to advance the well-being of society as a whole.
Alongside all this worthy and serious work, members nationwide have plenty of time for friendship and fun. Meeting as part of a local 'Guild' usually once a month, either during the daytime or in the evening, Townswomen enjoy a huge range of recreational activities such as talks, social studies, hobbies, arts & crafts, competitions, socialising and organised trips. Other pursuits have also continued to expand, and sports such as bowls, tennis, golf and swimming are actively pursued by many Guilds. National competitions are also organised to give members the opportunity to compete at a national level.
Senior Safety Presentation - This presentation is aimed at older adult audiences and explores the extent of the ageing population and some of the safety challenges faced by elders in society today. With a strong focus on empowerment through education, the presentation explores the dangers of doorstep crime and telephone, mail and internet (e-mail) deception-type scams. We offer tips and advice on staying safe - as well as signposting seniors to some other useful resources.
At the conclusion of his visit, Ash commented, “The ladies and of the group have been a very engaging and attentive audience and asked many thought-provoking questions about the dangers of financial exploitation in later life. It was a pleasure to present our talk on this subject to such a large audience and have the opportunity of sharing some ideas and thoughts on such a fascinating topic.”
Every member of the audience received a personal copy of the award-winning Senior Siren magazine – the quarterly publication of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team, which offers crime prevention advice and a host of other lifestyle information for seniors and those who support elder family members