50+ In Flintshire

28 OCTOBER 2011
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Reassurance Event on Doorstep Crime in Buckley

More photos of the event A Reassurance event was organised in Buckley to give information to the public about the help and advice available in the prevention of Doorstep Crime.

The day saw Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch set up its stall in the Jubilee Court Community Centre in Buckley, along with other organisations involved in this important aspect of making people feel and be safer in our county, such as Flintshire County Council, Help the Aged and North-Wales Fire & Rescue.

Other agencies were also present to offer advice on services and groups available for older people.

The presence of many dignitaries emphasised the importance given to this kind of event. Rt Hon Lord Jones, president of Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch, and his wife Lady Jones came along to give their support.

Also present were Cllr Carol Ellis, Executive member of Flintshire County Council for Social Services and Superintendent Richard Brough of North-Wales Police.

The safety and well being of older people is very important to us. Doorstep Crime is a problem that particularly affects older and vulnerable people, but can happen to anyone. With this kind of events, people are more aware of the tactics used in this type of crime and the support available from agencies who are part of the Flintshire Community Safety Partnership.

The event was a great success as the number of people attending was estimated as well over a hundred people.

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Celebrations for UN International Day for Older People and OWL

Celebrations spread across Flintshire on Friday 30th September as older people and ‘OWL’, crime and community communications system came together to commemorate a joint 5 year anniversary.

More pictures available here.

The United Nations International Day for Older People is held annually on the 1st October each year where the older people in society are appreciated for their contributions to their communities.

Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association supported the events and visited the 50+ groups across Flintshire, presenting them with a celebratory cake.

PC HUG (Helping Unite Generations) made regular appearances throughout the day to meet and greet Flintshire residents, and was loved by them all.

Ella Ellis, 50+ forum Development Worker said:

"This was a marvellous way of marking International Older People Day for Older People in Flintshire. It raised awareness of the day and helped to celebrate the contributions that Older People make to their communities and Flintshire as a whole."

OWL was also celebrating its 5th year working across Flintshire and recently, Wrexham. The Award winning communications system has been incredibly popular and growing fast.
OWL enables crime alerts to be sent out to residents via email, text, telephone and fax raising awareness of any criminal occurrences in the area, and if any precautions are necessary.

Jackie Lee, OWL & Watch administrator commented:

"OWL wanted to share its birthday with the Older People of Flintshire. Older People have played a valuable part in responding to the OWL alerts that we have circulated. The great thing about OWL is that people do not need to have a computer to receive crime alerts. If anyone is interested in receiving OWL alerts, they can contact me on 01352 708118 or call 101 and ask for extension number 84144."

Article by Laura Taylor, -Factor Media volunteer

For more information on the OWL system, visit our page here. You can also find out about the UN International Day for Older People on this page.

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Free Driving Assessment for Over 60's

Free Driving Assessment for Over 60'sDo you feel that driving has become more of a chore? Are you more tired after a long journey? Would you like to make sure that you are still as fit to drive as you used to?

Then read this leaflet to find out. And it's free! Don't they say that "one can never be too careful"..?

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50+ Advisory Group

If you are a group for over 50s, have a constitution and are members of FLVC (Flintshire Local Voluntary Council), you may be able to send two representatives to the 50+ Advisory Group meetings.

Being a member of the 50+ Advisory Group gives groups across Flintshire the opportunity to share problems, successes and information in general.

Many have already benefited from this system.

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Free Equipment

Older People’s groups in Flintshire can benefit from the free loan of certain items of electrical equipment.

Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association, which manages the 50+ Forum Development Project for the Older Peoples Strategy in Flintshire, are storing the equipment, and facilitating its loan to groups who may wish to use it for meetings or social events.

Items available include:

  • PA system
  • Laptop computer complete with software
  • Camera with memory cards and charger
  • Portable room loop system
  • Portable CD player
  • Multimedia projector and screen
  • Dictaphone
  • Extension leads

These items of equipment were funded by the Older Peoples Strategy in Flintshire.

Help with Equipment

If any 50+ groups in Flintshire are interested in hiring the equipment for an event, or would like to know more, please contact the Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Team at Mold Police Station on 01352 708118, or the 50+ Forum Development Worker via e-mail at [email protected].

If you are over 50 and want to find out more about becoming involved please contact Ella Ellis, 50+ Forum Development Worker, Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association on 0845 6071002, Ext 84137; email [email protected] or write to Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association, Mold Police Station, King Street, Mold, CH7 1EF.