Age Cymru has taken on two new members of staff for a programme to protect people who have dementia from scams.
The Scams Awareness and Dementia Project is a national programme funded by Comic Relief.
Dawn Evans is its North Wales project officer and she works at Age Cymru’s offices in Mold.
She currently covers Denbighshire and Conwy and will also be working in Gwynedd in the second year of the project.
Previously a personal consultant for Working Links and a support worker with the KIM Project, Dawn’s most recent role was as a development worker with Flying Start Wales.
“This is an extremely worthwhile and valuable project that raises public awareness of scams and the different types of scams that there are out there.
“The need for this project is greater than ever because in today’s economic climate as there are more scammers than ever trying to rip us off.
“Age Cymru is an established and respected campaigner against the abuse of older people and I’m determined that that reputation is maintained and upheld through the success of this project.”
Ros Williams is the South Wales project officer and works from Age Cymru’s Cardiff headquarters.
Her patch is Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil and from next year, Ros will also be working in Monmouthshire.
With a long career behind her as a district nurse, Ros has worked in the charity sector for 13 years with roles including health initiatives officer and partnerships and services adviser.
“Scams ruin lives and we’re all potentially at risk from them, particularly those of us who may have a reduced capacity to identify that we’ve been targeted by criminals because of a condition such as dementia.
“This new project is an ongoing service that has been set up to go some of the way towards stopping this abhorrent crime that affects so many.
“I am looking forward to working with communities in South Wales to run this much-needed project that will help prevent older people with early dementia from being scammed.”
The Scams Awareness and Dementia Project is headed up by Age Cymru’s Safeguarding Manager, Louise Hughes.
Commenting on Dawn and Ros’s appointments, she says:
“Dawn and Ros are both talented and dedicated individuals who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Scams Awareness and Dementia Project.
“They are an asset to Age Cymru and will be instrumental in the overall success of the Scams Awareness and Dementia Project as we roll it out over the coming months.”