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New ‘simple’ scheme to assist vulnerable adults

Nona Hall, one beneficiary of the new fob, with her son Steve at the launch in Attleborough.

Nona Hall, one beneficiary of the new fob, with her son Steve at the launch in Attleborough.

A free key fob has been designed to help vulnerable adults across Norfolk.

The ‘Key to Keep You Safe’ scheme was launched at Holly Court retirement housing in Attleborough earlier this month by the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board.

The fobs have been made with the 24 hour Norfolk County Council phone number, to report social services emergencies, printed on one side, while on the other there is space for ‘in case of emergencies’ number, which can be filled in.

They have been targeted at adults who may have decreased mobility, poor memory or who may get easily distracted and confused.

Nona Hall, 89, who lives at Anchor’s Holly Court retirement housing in Attleborough, now carries a key fob after she had a couple of falls.

Her son Steve Hall, who also lives in Attleborough, said: “My mum’s partially sighted and she’s very active and likes to get and about. She has had a couple of falls whilst out, one of them I was with her and the other I wasn’t and on that occasion it took a while for people to get hold of the right information so they could make me aware.

“The key fob gives my mum and us peace of mind that if something did happen, hopefully someone would find those contact details much more quickly and we’d get out to her much sooner.”

Detective Superintendent Julie Wvendth, who heads Norfolk Constabulary’s Vulnerability and Partnership Directorate, said: “We are extremely pleased to be supporting this simple but very valuable initiative that will help many vulnerable adults.”

To request some key fobs to distribute to members of a group or for more information, telephone 0344 800 8020 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

 

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