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Halstead: Keep Safe scheme to launch in town
9:00am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
Elderly residents will be able to phone for help in town centre shops as a scheme is rolled out to Halstead.
Keep Safe, a joint initiative run by Braintree Council and the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board, is designed to encourage over-60s to use the district’s town centres with confidence.
More than 500 people have signed up to the scheme since it launched in August.
Jo Beavis, Braintree Council cabinet member for people, said: “To see so many people sign up to Keep Safe demonstrates the need for a scheme of this type.
“Our research has shown that whilst reports of incidents are low, many older people often feel unsafe or vulnerable whilst in the town centre, especially as many do not carry a mobile phone, so this is really about reassuring them that help is always there if needed.”
Members of the scheme are given a keyring and card on which they can write the phone number of someone they would like to be contacted if they need help.
The scheme will be officially launching in Halstead this month and the Keep Safe team will be on hand at the Solar store in Weavers Court on October 25 handing out free keyrings and providing advice.
Five Halstead businesses have signed up to the scheme: Solar Supermarket, Sainsbury’s, Halstead Cafe, Thing Me Bobs and Halstead Library.
For more information about the scheme, call Kryshia Fuller on 01376 552525 ex 2313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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