County Council grant helps Hampshire's elderly live at home for longer
Thursday, 26 June 2014
Hundreds more elderly and vulnerable people across Hampshire communities will be provided with home security and peace of mind, following a £5,000 grant from Hampshire County Council, to the Blue Lamp Trust.
Council Leader, Councillor Roy Perry has awarded the funding from the Policy and Resources grants budget to support the Blue Lamp Trust's Bobby Scheme, which provides free home security and safety hardware.
The money will provide security items such as door locks, chains, spyholes, bolts, window locks or glass alarms to around 500 residents, many of whom are referred by the Police, Fire Service, and local authorities. Over the last year, the Trust has carried out safety and security surveys at over 1,700 homes across Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton.
Councillor Perry said: "Helping the elderly and vulnerable feel safe and secure in their homes is very much in line with our aim to help people retain their independence and wellbeing for as long as possible. This support from the County Council will help many more of the most vulnerable in our communities - giving them important peace of mind."
Mark Bradford, General Manager of the Blue Lamp Trust Bobby Scheme said:"We have worked with Hampshire County Council over a number of years to build up the Bobby Scheme and it has enabled us to deliver a valued service to thousands of residents. Support from the County Council not only provides us with the money to buy hardware, it also gives us additional credibility with the business community, enabling us to approach them to secure further funding through sponsorship and donations so that homeowners can benefit from a free service. We can also signpost clients to other services, allowing an early intervention to avoid more serious incidents occurring."