More than 50 people attended a free event to promote safety amongst older people in Borehamwood.

The 'safety, help and advice; event for people aged 60 and over took place at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue on Thursday.

Representatives from a wide range of organisations were in attendance including Hertsmere Borough Council, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue and Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Communities 1st, Neighbourhood Watch, Hourglass, Age UK, MIND, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, Hertfordshire County Council Trading Standards, Beacon, Citizens Advice, Herts Sports Partnership and Stevenage Football Club Foundation were also present to offer advice and support.

Speakers visited residents at their table and stalls were set up for people to visit to discuss issues in more detail. Participants also received free refreshments and lunch, as well as a free Warm in Winter gift bag from Small Acts of Kindness.

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Pervez Choudhury, who is reponsible for community safety for the council in Hertsmere, said: "I am delighted so many local people attended the event, which was set up to help our older community feel safer.

"At the event, residents were able to find out about the support, advice and help available within the local community, as well as receive advice on safety inside and outside the home, scams and how to avoid them; and health and wellbeing advice to help live healthier, independent lives.

“I'd like to thank all the residents who attended as well as the local organisations who helped to make this event such a success. We know that loneliness has been a serious issue for many people during the pandemic, so it was great to see people together talking and laughing."