Promoting Dignity, Care, Health and Independent Living

Gloucestershire Older Persons Association - Promoting Dignity, Care, Health and Independent Living



GRCC’s In Touch project is delighted to be launching its 2015 Personal Safety Events in partnership with Gloucestershire Police, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue, Victim Support and Trading Standards.

  • Sign up for a free home safety check
  • Speak to your local Village and Community Agent
  • Get your valuables security marked by the Police
  • Find out how to block cold callers and scammers
  • Find local activities to meet new people in your area

These events are completely free and the locations are listed below:

 14th July   Oddington Village Hall, North Cotswolds
 23rd July  Abbeydale Community Centre, Gloucester
 29th July  Stoke Orchard Community Centre, Tewkesbury
 4th August  Newent Memorial Hall, Forest of Dean
 13th August   Whitminster Village Hall, Stroud
 20th August  Bingham Hall, Cirencester
 2nd September   Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham
 8th September  Lydney Town Hall, Forest of Dean


Registration from 10am. Talks start at 10.30am. Event finishes at 1.30pm.

Come and have tea and cake whilst finding out tips and advice on how to stay safe in your own homes and in your community.

Short talks will provide updates and information stands will be there for you to browse. These events are aimed at people over the age of 50, but anyone is welcome to attend.

For more information and to book your place and transport, please contact Katie Lake at GRCC on 01452 528491 or

Beware of hoax calls impersonating Crimestoppers

Wiltshire Police have been alerted to a small number of calls where scammers have been impersonating Crimestoppers’ call handlers and asking for people’s personal information, including their bank details. Crimestoppers, which is a charity, has been warned about a group of scammers who have ‘hijacked’ their 0800 555 111 number. The scammers are calling people, saying they are “Crimestoppers at the Home Office” and directing them to the Crimestoppers website to clarify their number. They are then asking for personal details.   Crimestoppers has never, and will never, make cold calls to members of the public asking for any personal details, so if anyone does receive a call from someone asking for personal information and claiming to be from Crimestoppers, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.   Roger Critchell, Director of Operations for Crimestoppers, said: “We are currently talking to our phone service provider to attempt to resolve the situation over our number being hijacked and hope this can be rectified as quickly as possible.   “I would emphasise that it is business as normal for the charity and people can still contact us on 0800 555 111 to pass on anonymous information about crime, but we wanted to make sure people were aware that we will never, ever contact them asking for personal details, so please do not hand any over if you are contacted by someone claiming to be Crimestoppers.”

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