05 April 2012

Home security advice for Ipswich seniors to be available at seminars

IPSWICH City Council will join with the Ipswich Community Aid to deliver more Safer Seniors Program Workshops throughout Ipswich and surrounding areas.

Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said council was pleased to be able to join forces again with Ipswich Community Aid's Active Living Program for Seniors (ALPS) program.

"The program will be delivered by Ipswich Community Aid in Ipswich, Camira, Rosewood, Fernvale, Boonah and Laidley," Cr Tully said.

"This follows on from the eight workshops which were held throughout 2010 and 2011.

"These workshops provided personal safety strategies and information and advice on security for seniors. 

"The workshops were delivered with the support of key community partners including Safe City, the Ipswich District Crime Prevention Unit, Home Assist, Bendigo Bank and the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit.

"These workshops proved very successful during this period and were well attended with more than 400 residents participating in the program.

"Council is once again inviting local residents to take part in this program which will provide vital information about home security issues and offer invaluable advice to participants on techniques and tips they can implement at home," Cr Tully said.

Information will be provided on home and property security, safe banking, fraud and scam awareness and personal safety strategies.

The following personal safety strategies workshops will be held in Ipswich and surrounding council areas:

Fernvale - May 10, 2012;
Ipswich - May 17, 2012;
Boonah - May 31, 2012;
Camira - June 14, 2012;
Laidley - June 21, 2012 and;
Rosewood - August 27, 2012.

People aged over 55 and those who receive a government pension card are welcome to complete a free workshop and, if eligible, receive a key safe supplied and installed at no cost.

For more details or to book into one of the workshops contact the Community Development Branch on 3810 6655.


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