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 six years. During this time, we have actively engaged with vulnerable adults across the region, empowering residents to live in a safer community.

The project has successfully secured funding for a further three years and will now focus on all age groups.  The next three years will see the SAFER team reach out to people of all ages and deliver five new and fresh workshops to the residents of West Yorkshire.

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 free resources so that they can access the right support and advice if they ever need it.

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 free resources to help them avoid rogue traders and incidents on the doorstep.

Consumer Savvy workshop

Aim: To give residents key advice and top tips on how to spot counterfeit and unsafe goods and we explore the risks, dangers and consequences of the fake market.

Content: The session is fun and interactive, taking the participants through varying basic consumer rights when purchasing goods.  A genuine or Fake challenge where participants are able to examine goods such as bags, cosmetics and toiletries and try to decipher the genuine products from the counterfeit. 

Savvy Savings workshop

Aim: To enhance residents key skills for budgeting, providing money saving tips and how to avoid high cost credit.  We explain APR and compare loans as well as provide information about how to live healthily on a budget.

Content: The session is fun and interactive, allowing participants to share their cost savings tips, we use the infamous taste test to compare well known brands with cheaper alternative and we also explain loan shark activity and money muling.

Energy Savvy workshop

Aim: To encourage residents to think about their energy usage, how to try and reduce their monthly bills and practical tips on how to look for the best genuine deals on the market.

Content: The session is fun and interactive, a myth busting 'True' or 'False' challenge looking at energy waste, household appliances, how to switch energy providers and information about current 'Energy Saving' scams.

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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