Keeping older residents safe this March

A free event aimed at keeping older residents safe in the community is taking place on Thursday 8th March at Queen’s Hall in Halstead.

The Livewell, Keep Safe day is organised by Braintree District Council and offers crime prevention advice from emergency services, including Essex Police and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Agencies including Crimestoppers, Action for Family Carers, Age UK and Citizens Advice will also run presentations throughout the event.

Councillor Wendy Schmitt, responsible for Environment and Place said: “The safety of our older residents is very important to us which is why we are hosting this event where support, advice and services could be accessed all in one place. I am pleased that we are able to offer an opportunity to access information which helps protect older people against crime and accidents inside and outside of the home.”

A range of other organisations are on hand throughout the day to answer questions and provide information about health and wellbeing services.

Guests will be treated to a tea dance demonstration and can take part in seated exercises provided by Greenfields Community Housing.

Councillor Peter Tattersley, responsible for Health and Communities, said: “We are thrilled to be able to run this event for the third year running for our residents who may not be able to reach all of the services that are available to them. Aside from providing valuable information, it will give older Halstead residents a great opportunity to meet people, make friends and enjoy some gentle exercise and companionship.”

Full details about the event can be found online at or by calling 01376 552525.