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New Safe and Well project looking for community volunteers

05 April 2016

As part of a new fire safety project, Age UK Rotherham is looking for volunteers to raise awareness among groups of older people about the dangers of fires in the home.


Enthusiasm, great communication skills and an interest in helping people are key to this exciting new role and with full training provided no previous background in fire safety is needed.Woman sat in kitchen


Focusing on their own community, each Safe and Well volunteer will visit local groups, community events and day centres and talk to people about fire risks, their prevention and how to stay safe.  As well as talking to groups, Safe and Well volunteers will distribute fire safety information in their community and refer older people for a fire safety check or other support from the Fire Service. 


Lesley Dabell, Age UK Rotherham Chief Executive, said. ‘Our partnership with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has enabled us to bring this project into Rotherham’s communities and recruiting volunteers is vital for it to succeed. Many older people may be unaware of the potential fire risks in their home but through Safe and Well we can show them what to look out for and help them keep themselves safe and well.’


South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s Lesley Hayhurst said, ‘Fires have been falling steadily in South Yorkshire for many years and the county is safer now than it has been at any time in its history. But there will always be more work to do. The best way for us to further reduce emergency incidents is to work with partners like Age UK Rotherham, who can help us reach the most vulnerable people in our communities.’


The Safe and Well project is funded by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority through the Safer Stronger Communities Reserve and involves a partnership with Age UK Barnsley, Crossroads Care and Speak Up. 


The Safer Stronger Communities Reserve is the only fire service backed grant scheme of its kind anywhere in the country. Key objectives for successful bids included prioritising the most vulnerable people in society and projects which combined fire safety with improving people’s health and wellbeing.


For more information about becoming a Safe and Well Volunteer contact the EngAge Rotherham team on01709 910 699.


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