Be Prepared, Take Care and Stay Safe this Christmas

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Suffolk Public Health
and NHS tells us that last year winter was difficult for the health system across England, and Suffolk was no exception. For years health systems have seen increasing numbers of people who are living better for longer. This also means there are more people with several long term conditions.

There are a number of things you can do, or help someone you care for to do, to ensure that you don’t get caught out this winter:

  • Be prepared – stock up with cold remedies, pain killers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, stave off upset stomachs with anti-diarrhoea and rehydration mixtures, and keep plasters and bandages on hand for any cuts or scrapes.
  • Check your smoke alarms – with the Christmas preparations in full swing, don’t forget to ensure that your smoke alarms are in working order.
  • Get a flu vaccination – it will keep you from having a long recovery from this nasty illness, so book an appointment to get one if you haven’t already. People aged 65 or over, or have a long-term health condition or are pregnant are entitled to a free jab.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly – for the time it takes you to sing happy birthday through twice, use hot water and soap to wash away all kinds of viruses from colds and diarrhoea to so much more.
  • Seek help from your pharmacist – they are qualified health professionals who can advise on everything from a cold to long-term conditions.  This is often the best and quickest way to get well. Your pharmacist will let you know if a GP appointment is required. Pharmacies are one of the most accessible sources of advice, with many open long hours incl. evenings and weekends. Here are the Norfolk and Suffolk christmas-and-new-year-pharmacy-opening-times
  • Eat well and drink at least eight cups of fluids a day – it keeps your brain and body working well.
  • Keep your home warm – By setting your heating to the right temperature (between 18° – 21°C or 64°- 70°F) you can keep you well, especially avoiding chest infections. If you have a disability, are over 65 or live with children aged under 5 ring this local rate number for free advice on heating your home. 03456 037 686
  • Not feeling well – If you are unsure if you need urgent or emergency care, please call NHS 111 – trained professionals are on hand to guide you.
  • Beat the winter blues – talk to someone. Talk about your anxieties with someone else, a friend, relative or a group such as the Samaritans. Talking about the things that are worrying you can make a big difference. It is easy to get help from the Suffolk Wellbeing Service too. This is a free NHS service, suitable for people aged 16 + living in Suffolk. You can phone them on 0300 123 1781 or refer yourself via their website.

Do you have any Elderly and Vulnerable Neighbours?

Are you able to spend a few minutes to ensure that: On their own

  • they are not alone all the time
  • their paths are clear of snow and ice
  • they have plenty of food in
  • they are warm enough
  • they have sufficient medication to get through the holiday period
  • if they can use the internet, that they know where to look for information and support

Further information and support over the Christmas and New Year Period

Visiting friends and family this Christmas, or just venturing out, keep up to date with the latest road, rail and weather news.

 

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Festive Season Celebrations

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We want people to enjoy themselves this Festive Season, however in partnership with Suffolk Police and other Partners we have produced a number of ‘Staying Safe This Christmas‘ messages.  A summary of the main points are below.

Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you are likely to feel disorientated and you cannot always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure your battery is fully charged before going out.

Look After Your Valuables

Unfortunately thefts do happen and they are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.

  • If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle
  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket

Moderate your alcohol consumption

The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So be mindful of what and how much you are drinking. Don’t ruin your enjoyment of the festive season by overdoing it.

Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation

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Stay Safe This Christmas

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As in previous years, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Police Community Safety Teams, together with many Partners, have put together this year’s Christmas Advent Calendar Campaign.  The aim of the campaign is to communicate, inform and generate more awareness about Social Responsibility and Staying Safe.

Staying Safe this Christmas campaign messages are about personal safety, property and home security, alcohol misuse, vulnerable people, and much much more.  Individual messages will published in a traditional Advent Calendar style on Social Media via Safer Suffolk Communities Facebook page and on Twitter via @SaferSuffolk using the hashtag #StaySafeThisChristmas.

We cannot hope to deliver all we would wish to achieve without the support of all of our Partners, so we would like to say a big Thank You to everyone for their input.   I would also like to encourage everyone reading this Blog to circulate it and Re-Tweet and Share the daily Advent Calendar messages to your colleagues, networks, family and friends.

The first Stay Safe This Christmas tip is from Suffolk Trading Standards.

When purchasing Christmas presents there is a website you can use to search for genuine products from brand owner approved shops. 

So as it’s 1 December, go ahead and click on the Advent Calendar window below to open the Christmas Staying Safe link for today.  Keep following us Twitter and Facebook for each new #StaySafeThisChristmas message.

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Be careful when purchasing gifts on-line

Stop Loan Sharks

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) are promoting the Stop Loan Sharks Campaign messages from today 30 November 2015 and will run until Christmas.

Dont get bitten by a loan shark

The IMLT lead the campaign with support from partner organisations. The IMLT want to ensure that everyone knows what a loan shark is, and more importantly, how to report one. IMLT works with other organisations to get the message out to those borrowing from loan sharks, especially in the run up to Christmas.

What is a Loan Shark?

A Loan Shark is someone who lends money without the correct permissions. These Loan Sharkpermissions are granted by the Financial Conduct Authority. Loan Sharks rarely, if ever, give any paperwork and if payments are missed they often use intimidation and violence to get money from their ‘clients’. The Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) is here to help. If you have any information, however small, on loan shark activities they can help.

  • Have you been offered a cash loan?
  • Have you been threatened when you couldn’t pay?
  • Has your bank card been taken from you as a security?
  • Does what you owe keep growing even though you are making payments?

If you can answer yes to any of the above then you may have been bitten by a loan shark. If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing any of the above or has any knowledge of loan shark activities then contact the Loan Shark Team IN CONFIDENCE.

Contact is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on:

Telephone: 0300 555 2222
e-mail:
reportaloanshark@stoploansharks.gov.uk
or by text to: loan(space)shark(space) + your message to 60003

You can also find out more about Stop Loan Sharks by following them on Twitter @LoanSharkNews or by visiting www.facebook.com/stoploansharksproject.

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Staying Safe this Christmas Time

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Suffolk County Council Community Safety Team, working with partners from across the County including, Suffolk Constabulary Community Safety, Suffolk Trading Standards, Suffolk Fire and Rescue, Public Heath and the Voluntary Sector, have put together this year’s Christmas Advent Calendar Campaign.  The aim of the campaign is to communicate, inform and generate more awareness about Staying Safe this Christmas time.

Staying Safe this Christmas campaign messages are about personal safety, property and home security, alcohol misuse, vulnerable people, and much much more.  Individual messages will published in a traditional Advent Calendar style on Social Media through Facebook and on Twitter using the hashtag #AdventCalendar.

If you are not following us on Social Media yet, then you can do this on Twitter via @SaferSuffolk and our Safer Suffolk Communities Facebook page.

We cannot deliver all we would wish to achieve without the support of all of our partners, so we would like to a big Thank You to everyone for their input.   I would also like to encourage everyone reading this Blog to circulate it and Re-Tweet and Share the daily Advent Calendar messages to your colleagues, networks, family and friends.

So as it’s 1 December, go ahead and click on the Advent Calendar window below to open the Christmas Staying Safe message for today.  Then keep following on Twitter and Facebook to open each new Advent Calendar message.

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Christmas Advent Calendar Competition

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Christmas Community Safety Advent Calendar campaign. Along side the Advent Calendar campaign we ran a competition to encourage re-tweeting of messages to enable us to reach as many people and communities as possible.  We are delighted with coverage and support everyone gave this campaign. So a very big thank you to everyone.

The winner of the re-tweeting competition was Matt Huggins (@matthuggybear).  Matt works works for UK Power Networks based in Ipswich and is a Crimestoppers Volunteer. His prize of a TV Simulator is being presented in the photograph below by Sue Burstall.  

Christmas Advent Calendar Competition Winner

A big thank you to everyone who supported the campaign and contributed to its success.

Sue Burstall from Suffolk County Council’s Community Safety Team developed the Christmas Advent Calendar as part of a wider Christmas Community Safety Campaign, a collaboration between Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk’s Community Safety Partnerships.

We hope that you continue to find the information on @SaferSuffolk useful and recommend following @SaferSuffolk to your colleagues, your networks, family and friends.

You can find more details about becoming a Crimestoppers Volunteer on their website.

Community Safety Partners Advent Calendar Prize Draw

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Suffolk’s Community Safety Partners ‘Stay Safe this Christmas’ campaign messages are about personal safety, property and home security, vulnerable people and much much more.  These are being published in an Advent Calendar style through Twitter @SaferSuffolk.

We would like to reach the widest audience possible.   So calling on the support of all partners, can I encourage you to Re-Tweet each daily #SuffolkAdvent messages to your colleagues, networks, family and friends.

At the end of this Christmas Campaign the Top Five who have Re-Tweeted the most messages, will each receive a prize of a home safety device.

We hope that you find these Christmas Community Safety Messages informative and helpful.

Stay Safe