Safe as houses

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ORGANISATIONS which deliver a scheme that aims to reduce crime or the fear of crime within the home came together recently to help some of Cumbernauld’s most vulnerable residents.

For those involved in the Safer Homes Initiative attended a meeting of Cumbernauld Memory Cafe which is for residents in and around the town suffering from dementia and their families.

Community safety police officer Mick Duffy teamed up with Janice Stewart from Alzheimer’s Scotland, and representatives from North Lanarkshire Council and Morrisons Scotland to provide information on the initiative to those who attend the cafe.

The Safer Homes Initiative provides residents with additional safety and security measures such as door chains, carbon monoxide detectors, window and door alarms, home safety packs and spy holes.

PC Duffy said: “The idea came about after being invited to speak at the Cumbernauld Memory Café in December 2012.

“It became apparent that many of the participants would benefit from the free service offered.

“I have worked with Morrisons Scotland on a number of projects including the Safer Homes Referral Scheme and can only praise the speed and efficiency of the service provided.

“This project will offer all attendees to the memory cafes the opportunity to gain the benefits free of charge.”

The Cumbernauld Memory Cafe takes place on the last Monday of the month at Cornerstone House, 1 Esk Walk, Cumbernauld from 1pm to 3pm.