Launch of Bobby Scheme

Posted by Admin on Thursday, 1st August 2013, 00:32

Home safety and security scheme extended to Isle of Wight
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A Hampshire-based initiative to provide free home safety and security surveys for the elderly and the vulnerable is being extended to the Isle of Wight from the start of August.
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The Bobby Scheme, operated by the Blue Lamp Trust, is being launched on the Island in collaboration with the police and the Island’s fire and rescue service.
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The scheme, due to start on the Island from 1 August, will initially operate as a pilot project for two days a week.
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As well as safety and security surveys it will provide associated works, if required. Among the security measures the service will be able to help with are door and window locks, door chains and smoke detectors.
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The scheme on the Island may be extended to full-time in due course.
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Alan Lovell, chairman of the board of trustees of the Blue Lamp Trust, said: “We are delighted to be in a position to extend the Bobby Scheme onto the Island in collaboration with colleagues from the police and fire service. We have had huge support from the council, the police and former Island High Sheriff Nick Hayward, and now look forward to working with them to help residents on the Island feel safer and more secure in their homes.”
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Superintendent Will Schofield said: “I am extremely pleased to welcome the Bobby Scheme to the Isle of Wight. This will provide a valuable service to vulnerable persons and victims of crime. It will be an addition to the fantastic work that is already being provided by charitable organisations on the Island.”
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Chief fire officer for the Island, Steve Apter, said: “This is an excellent scheme which will enhance the safety at home of elderly and vulnerable residents on the Island – and will complement our existing home fire safety initiatives.”
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The Blue Lamp Trust is a registered charity set up in 2011 to promote and enhance community safety in Hampshire. It was established by the then High Sheriff for Hampshire, Alan Lovell, the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Hampshire Constabulary.
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The trust was established to develop a sustainable income stream to support the work of the Hampshire Bobby Trust, which provided practical help with home safety and security to the elderly and vulnerable in Hampshire.
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The Blue Lamp Trust also provides grants to local projects, supports a wide range of good causes in the community, and offers safer driver training for businesses.
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To find out more about the trust, please visit www.bluelamptrust.org.uk or tel: 0300 7770157.

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