Independent Living residents in Wakefield are now SAFER

Published 11 February 2016

Residents at a WDH Independent Living Scheme are now more switched on about how to avoid different types of scams thanks to a county-wide project funded by the Big Lottery and run by West Yorkshire Trading Standards.

Lanson Moore, Community Project Officer for the Scams and Frauds Education for Residents (SAFER) project, visited Musgrave Court in Wakefield city centre to talk to residents about guarding against different types of scams including those involving cash machines and charity donation appeals. The day included an activity where residents were encouraged to learn more about common scams and how they can avoid falling victim to these in the future. 

As part of the project a specialised debt advice service is offered to older people, and this has resulted in £205,000 worth of debt being written off and over £500,000 now being claimed in benefits - considerably improving the health and wellbeing of many vulnerable people.

More SAFER sessions are scheduled at other Independent Living Schemes in Wakefield for February and March, and WDH employees will be among other agency partners who receive training on how to educate older or vulnerable people about protecting themselves.

The latest session was co-ordinated by WDH’s Tenant Involvement Officer, Chris Croxall.

He said: “It was great to work with West Yorkshire Trading Standards to deliver advice to our tenants about how to protect themselves from different types of doorstep crime. The event was a real success and WDH look forward to holding more of these events in the future.”

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