Mick Sheehan & Debra Sparks Ready to Deliver Workshops
FALLING victim to fraudsters and scammers can have a devastating effect on a person's life.
From doorstep conmen with false ID's to dodgy prize draws and bogus websites, there is no shortage of ways that unscrupulous individuals target unsuspecting residents in a bid to get hold of their hard earned cash.
With elderly and vulnerable people at particular risk of being targeted, why not beat the bogeyman and protect your loved ones with trusted home care provider Home Instead Senior Care's scam busting initiative.
The highly-regarded franchise, based in High Street, Uppermill, was set up seven years ago and has enabled over 500 people to stay in the comfort of their own homes by providing over 160,000 hours of care - with three excellent Care Quality Commission reports to boot.
Now thanks to a recent £1,000 grant from the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioners Neighbourhood Fund, staff are set to hit the road in a bid to to teach residents of all ages how to fight the fraudsters.
Debra Sparks, Home Instead's friendly and knowledgeable HR training manager, is ready to deliver 10 fraud awareness workshops across the Oldham borough over the next 12 months.
She will distribute a free Senior Fraud Protection Kit which contains information on the most common scams, tools to help assess the risk of an elderly loved one, plus a comprehensive checklist to help senior citizen's take practical action to lower their chances of becoming a victim.
Mick Sheehan, owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Oldham, said: "We've delivered scam busting workshops in the past but now that we've been granted £1,000 funding, we will be able to reach a larger number of people in the local area.
"With modern mass marketing scams using the post and internet, organised criminal gangs can reach many more people and because they are very sophisticated in their approach, many individuals of all age groups are taken in."
Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "Fraudsters often prey on the elderly and vulnerable, exploiting their trust and goodwill to con them out of their savings.
"It is an issue that devastates people's lives and cannot be ignored.
"By working with organisations like Home Instead, we can raise awareness of the different types of fraud, how to report it and what support is available, while giving local people the tools and confidence to spot scams, speak out and report it."
Home Instead Senior Care provides a whole range of personal care, companionship and home help services to enable your loved one to remain safe, independent and happy in their own home.
Services include hobby and craft participation, companion visits, and trips and outings to assistance with dressing, respite care, shopping and jobs around the home.
The company has won numerous awards for the quality of their care including the Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2016 and the Laing & Buisson specialist home care provider of the year award for the past three years - not to mention the countless "thank yous" and recommendations received from grateful clients and their families.
Mick said: "We have a genuine focus on quality.
"The main differences between our service and others are that we offer a minimum one hour visit allowing our staff not only to carry out tasks like home help and personal care but also to spend some quality time with our clients.
"We also ensure all our caregivers meet their client before they start so we can make sure they are suitably matched, and we aim for high levels of continuity because we know that nobody wants a stream of strangers in their house."
The first two fraud awareness workshops will be held on July 28 at the Home Instead base in Uppermill at 1pm and September 30 at Dr Kershaw's Hospice at 10.30am.
Groups or organisations would like a free scam awareness training sessions should contact Home Instead Senior Care on 01457 874 566 or visitwww.homeinstead.co.uk/oldham
Home Instead Senior Care is based at 113-115 High Street, Uppermill, Oldham, OL3 6BJ.
£1000 Funding Received from GMP Crime Commissioners