Presentation Team Visit - Bradford-on-Avon Civil Service Retirement Fellowship


Monday 9th September 2019 has seen SCLT volunteer Ash Jones, joining the monthly meeting of the Bradford-on-Avon Civil Service Retirement Fellowship at the United Church Hall, to deliver a presntation on avoiding the dangers of financial exploitation and what to do if one is targetted by some form of scam or decption in any walk of life.


The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship is a national charity dedicated to helping former civil servants and their dependents make the most of their retirement. In an article entitled 'A Pension Is Not Enough' written in the early 1960s Douglas Houghton MP highlighted the need for an organisation that offered retired civil servants an arena for friendship and companionship. His idea was supported and taken up by J P Wolstenholme, the then General Secretary of The Civil Service Benevolent Fund and on 9th April 1965 the Civil Service Retirement Fellowship was founded and opened its first branches in Guildford, Birmingham and the Solent area.


Friendship and support remain at the forefront of the work work today. It provides a range of services that include two national befriending schemes to help combat loneliness in later life, local community groups (providing educational speakers and leisure activities) and are on hand to offer information, advice and signposting to a wide range of other supportive organisations.


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 financial exploitation from 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 members 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


Presentation Team Visit - Bradford-on-Avon Civil Service Retirement Fellowship

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