Agencies launch campaign to protect elderly in Grantham and wider district

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TODAY (Monday) has been marked by the United Nations as a day for recognising the contributions made by older people, an event being used by Lincolnshire agencies to highlight a new project in South Kesteven.

The ‘International Day for Older Persons’ is an opportunity for the various agencies, including Lincolnshire Police and Trading Standards, to launch Project Repeat which aims to support the elderly.

Charities Age UK and Contact the Elderly have got behind the campaign and hope it will go a long way to tackle doorstep crime such as bogus callers, rogue traders, distraction burglary and scam mail. If successful in this district, it will be rolled out to other areas of the county.

The project will see training given to staff and volunteers who work with older people, such as on what to look out for when visiting and how to spot early signs of potential issues.

Sgt Caroline Broughton, of Lincolnshire Police, said: “It is important that all agencies working with the elderly are consistent with the messages and advice they are giving. We should all be vigilant to help protect the more vulnerable in our communities.

“I am excited by this project as it will mean that through those trained we can directly get advice and support to those who need it.”

Project Repeat is funded by Lincolnshire Trading Standards.

Training is being organised by Community Lincs at venues across the county over the next six months. If you work within South Kesteven and would like more information on the project and the free training being offered, call Reg Burrell on 01529 301966.