Home health and safety, have you got the right idea?

Press Release: 25/09/2006

Home health and safety, have you got the right idea? will be the question being asked at Winchester Market (Middle Brook Street) on Thursday 12 October between 10am and 4pm, when staff from Winchester City Council, Hampshire County Council Trading Standards, Hampshire Primary Care Trust, Hampshire Constabulary, Winchester Area Community Action (WACA) and other voluntary sector partners will be providing free information and advice on home health and safety.

Personal health and well-being depends upon people feeling safe, secure and able to fully participate in their local environment. The aim of the day is to provide useful information with a focus on home, fire and personal safety, to people living in Winchester in one easy to access place. Information about safety in the home for the elderly and children under 5 will also be available.

Prevention of serious injury following a fall is the main aim of the 'Stay on Your Feet' Project. Since 2002 in the Mid Hampshire area there has been a gradual decrease in the number of older people going to hospital with a fractured hip resulting from a fall.  Project Manager Sara Owen will be happy to answer your questions, about how you can prevent falls in and around your own home and how to keep warm and well during the winter months.

Winchester City Council's, Homecheck officer Tony Elsbury will be talking to people about how to ensure their home remains secure and safe and there will be the opportunity to arrange home visits via the Homecheck scheme. Hampshire County Council Trading Standards will be on hand to provide information about the sort of tricks used by door step callers, and Hampshire Constabulary will advise on crime prevention issues.

Visitors to the van are invited to enter their own home safety tips into a competition for the chance to win a home safety hamper and gift vouchers.

Information available on the day:
Home safety (Under 5s & over 65s)
Crime Prevention
Trading Standards
Falls prevention, bone health and physical activity
Energy Efficiency
Disabled and Home repair assistance grants
Lifeline Scheme
Community mobility schemes

For further information about the day please contact Tony Elsbury at Winchester City Council on 01962 848 483