SAFER (Scams And Frauds Education For Residents) Project

West Yorkshire Trading Standards SAFER Project (Scams And Frauds Education for Residents), has been helping older people and vulnerable adults across the five districts of West Yorkshire protect themselves from scams, frauds and doorstep crime over the last five years. During this time, we have actively engaged with vulnerable adults across the region, empowering residents to live in a safer community.

SAFER Project - working with the community

Supporting older adults (55+) and the most vulnerable who reside in West Yorkshire, the SAFER Project is an award winning Big Lottery Funded community protection and empowerment programme. The Project delivers FREE informal, interactive and engaging community workshops on a number of topics, which are detailed below.

How the SAFER Project works to protect and prevent

The Safer Project delivers FREE informal, interactive and engaging community workshops on a number of topics, including:

Scams and Fraud workshop

Aim: To make residents aware of the most common types of scams and frauds in circulation, how to avoid them and where to report them to.

Content: The session is interactive and informal and encourages participants to share their experiences, focusing on how to deal with scammers confidently and what the most common scams in circulation are. At the end of the session participants receive a free SAFER Toolkit so that they can access the right support and advice if they ever need it.

Results: 94% of participants who have attended this workshop say they are now more confident at recognising and avoiding different types of scams and now know what to do in the event that they are targeted by a scammer.

Doorstep Crime workshop

Aim: To give residents key advice and top tips on dealing with rogue traders, distraction burglary, and bogus callers.

Content: The session is fun and interactive, taking the participants through varying common doorstep scenarios, to identify what simple key strategies they can use to protect themselves in their own homes. At the end of the session participants receive a free SAFER Toolkit to help them avoid rogue traders and incidents on the doorstep.

Results: 90% of participants say they are more confident in dealing with cold callers on their doorstep and using legitimate reputable trader schemes to help when they need work doing.

The SAFER Project also works in partnership with organisations that are able to identify those at risk, as well as volunteers and community champions who can help us spread key messages - click here to read more about out Partner training.

Want to know more?

If you'd like to find out more about the SAFER Project then please call us on 0113 535 0242 or email safer@wyjs.org.uk

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