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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Community Safety Day for Older People
Residents are invited to come along to a Community Safety Day for Older People being organised to help the borough's elderly and vulnerable residents be aware of the range of services that are available to support them and help keep them safe.

There will be 30 statutory, voluntary and charitable organisations taking part including the Met Police, Sutton Council, London Fire Brigade, London Air Ambulance Service, Age UK and Sutton Council for Voluntary Services.

There will be information stands, a number of guest speakers and an advice clinic about how to stay safe on the internet.

The Community Safety Day for Older People is free to all residents and all participating organisations.

It is being held at the Europa Gallery at Sutton Library on Thursday, 26 February between 10:30am-3:30pm. It is being opened officially at 11am by The Mayor of Sutton - Councillor Arthur Hookway - and Council Leader Ruth Dombey.

The initiative is the work of the Safer Sutton Partnership Service, which manages the borough's community safety services at Sutton Police station, and Sutton Neighbourhood Watch - in association with Sutton Library Service.

For the Safer Sutton Partnership Services, whose services include community and parks policing, the borough's CCTV system and providing support for victims of domestic abuse, this initiative is one of a number of events planned to mark the 10th anniversary of the partnership, which was launched in Sutton on 24 January, 2005.

During this period, crime has fallen by 35%, the fear of crime has fallen across all types of crime and Sutton has become the third safest borough in London with some of the highest figures for confidence and satisfaction in policing.

SSPS Manager Glenn Phillips said: "We want this Community Safety Day to become an annual event so older people know where to get help and advice. We are delighted to be working in partnership with so many organisations to make Sutton even safer."

Sutton Neighbourhood Watch Association, which has grown from 900 members to more than 4,600 over the last five years, is hoping membership will rise to 5,000 in 2015. Their Chair, Heather Shaw, commented: "Neighbourhood Watch has two key objectives. One is to promote crime prevention advice and the other is to look out for - and help - elderly and vulnerable people. We want this to become a landmark event for the benefit of the whole borough."

Councillor Colin Stears, Lead Councillor for Adult Social Services, said: "This Community Safety Day is a great example of Sutton at its best with organisations coming together to provide practical information and advice to help the most vulnerable people in our local communities."


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