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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Free Course for Over 65s

06/09/2011

Over 65s are being encouraged to book on a free wellbeing course being held at Penkridge Fire Station.

"Ensuring the well-being of older people is a priority for us and it is particularly important here in South Staffordshire."

Risk Reduction Officer, Katherine Haigh

The course will start on 29th September and will run for six weeks between 10.30 and 12.30pm.

The free course will give older people the chance to learn fire safety, basic first aid, sign language and even computer games. Participants will also receive advice on how to recognise and deal with bogus callers from Staffordshire Police, take part in gentle exercise and start a reminiscence book.

Sonja Oatley, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Older Persons Advocate, has welcomed the new course, which follows a similar course which took place recently at Codsall Fire Station: "This course again promises to be lots of fun and is a great chance for older residents in Codsall and its neighbouring villages to get together and get involved," said Sonja.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Risk Reduction Officer, Katherine Haigh said: "Ensuring the well-being of older people is a priority for us and it is particularly important here in South Staffordshire, as we have such a high proportion of older people living in the area.

"Fire safety will be a theme throughout the course; unfortunately older people are more vulnerable to fire. The statistics speak for themselves - last year there were eight deaths caused by fire, involving people aged over 65. We want to reverse this trend and ensure that older people are as safe as possible in their homes."

There are 12 spaces available on the course, to book a space call South Staffs Area Command on 01785 898055.