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People who attended the event at the Guildhall
More than 100 people have attended an older persons’ event at the Lichfield Guildhall. The event was a hive of activity with Lichfield District Council and HomeZone Living, working in partnership with lots of local agencies, once again running their slipper stall, replacing ‘sloppy’ slippers with a brand new pair for just £1.50. There was also lots of other local agencies and groups, including Lichfield’s Knit and Natter – who sold hand-knitted toys, blankets, hats, scarves and nativity sets. Representatives from Trading Standards, the police, Neighbourhood Watch, and Lichfield District Council’s community safety team were on hand to give out lots of useful safety advice – such as how to spot a bogus caller and how to stay safe at Christmas. Hestia, on behalf of the council, also gave out energy saving tips and information about the Warmer Homes, Greener District grants, which are available to householders across the district to insulate their homes. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service promoted their free home fire risk checks, and South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust gave out information on how to stop smoking. Other organisations on hand included Health and Social Care, Lichfield Live at Home Scheme, Cruse Bereavement Care, Lichfield and District Community and Voluntary Sector Support, HomeZone Living, Bromford Support, Citizens Advice Bureau, Alzheimer’s’ Society and Age Concern South Staffordshire. Councillor Helen Fisher, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said:
“This partnership event was a great success with lots of local people taking advantage of all the information on offer. I’d like to thank everyone for taking part and the Jigsaw volunteers who helped to set up on the day, run the slipper stall, and the signing in table. Our thanks must also go to Fairtrade for running the refreshments section.”
More events for older people will be taking place across the district at:
  • Armitage with Handsacre Village Hall – December 17, 1.30pm-4pm.
  • Fazeley Town Hall – January 14, 1pm-4pm.
  • Burntwood Scout Hut – February 16, 1pm-4pm.
These events are being funded by Lichfield District Council, Staffordshire County Council, HomeZone Living, South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust, Fire Service and Watchdog’s Trading Standards Scheme. For more information visit or call Lucie Broad, Community Development Worker for Lichfield District Council, on 01543 308218.

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