More than 70 events have been held across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent this week as part of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Wellbeing Week.
Although we focus our efforts all year round on trying to keep vulnerable people safe, Community Wellbeing Week gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the fact we all need to look after those around us who may need a bit of extra help.
Aimed at raising awareness of the importance of supporting vulnerable people, this year’s theme has been ‘brew with a crew’ with sessions being held at various fire stations. As well as the ‘brews’ staff took part in a five mile walk on Cannock Chase with a local walking group, crews attended Age UK exercise classes at various locations around the Stoke-on-Trent area and staff attended a supported housing complex, Dove Court in Burton with the Safe+Sound interactive learning pod.
One of the last events of the week saw staff hosting a community meal for approximately 100 people alongside the UNISON's Retired Members Group at the YMCA North Staffordshire.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Rob Barber said: “Although we focus our efforts all year round on trying to keep vulnerable people safe, Community Wellbeing Week gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the fact we all need to look after those around us who may need a bit of extra help. This year we focused on keeping older people safe and well to coincide with ‘International Day of Older People’ which was on October 1.
“Firefighters and support staff have all been encouraged to get involved in some of the events this week and we hope our activities will prompt people to spare a thought for family, friends and neighbours who may need us to support them during the year. Our statistics show there are four factors which consistently play a part in fatal fires: smoking, alcohol, mobility issues and being elderly. If you know someone who may be vulnerable, it’s important to bear this in mind. We have information on our website to help you keep them safe or you could contact our Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999 to find out if they are eligible for one of our Safe and Well visits.”
Pic cap: Pic 1 shows Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Volunteer, James Cornish with members of the Phoenix over 50’s Walking Club from Rugeley.
Pic 2 L to R Simon England, Ruth Parkes, James Stevenson, Graeme Wright, Andy Bennett, Paul Carter, John Mannox and Amy Evans with the Safe+Sound interactive learning pod at Dove Court in Burton.