Have Your Electric Blanket Checked

Get Your Electric Blanket Safety Checked for Winter

Provided by Warwickshire Trading Standards and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service for the over 50’s
Testing will be available at the fire stations below on the following dates (09:30 hrs to 16:30 hrs)

Monday 18 November 2019 – Stratford upon Avon
Tuesday 19 November 2019 – Alcester
Wednesday 20 November 2019 – Leamington Spa
Thursday 21 November 2019 – Rugby
Friday 22 November 2019 – Nuneaton

The contact details to book an appointment are: Tel: 02476314376 or Email: cfs@warwickshire.gov.uk.

WCC November Cyber Scam Newsletter

Welcome to the November Cyber Scam Newsletter,

In this months edition we’re raising awareness of fraudsters targeting members of the public with an Amazon Prime Scam where victims receive an automated phone call claiming they’ve been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription. A scam, where fraudsters are targeting Paypal users with account lockout emails, the Bitcoin revolution scam with fake celebrity endorsements and the rise in a text scam using common women’s names that could leave victims £20 out of pocket for simply replying.

 

Scammers target members of the public with Amazon Prime scam.

Action Fraud received over 200 hundred reports since September of a scam where victims receive an automated phone call claiming they’ve been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription. The phone call informs people their personal details have been fraudulently used to subscribe to Amazon Prime, however, they can cancel the transaction by pressing 1.

When victims do this, they are automatically connected to criminals posing as Amazon customer service representatives. The criminal tells the victim the Amazon Prime subscription was purchased fraudulently and that they need remote access to the victim’s computer in order to fix a security flaw that will prevent it from happening again. The victim is instructed to download an application called Team Viewer and
asked to log onto their online banking account. The software download grants the fraudster remote access to the victim’s computer and allows them to see the victim’s personal and financial details.

Other variants of the crime involve victims being told they are due a refund for an unauthorised transaction on their Amazon account.

TOP TIPS:
1. Never install any software as a result of a cold call. Unsolicited requests for remote access to your computer should always raise a red flag.
2. Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a spam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
3. Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. It’s easy to feel embarrassed when faced with unexpected or complex conversations. But it’s okay to stop the discussion if you do not feel in control.

Coleshill and Atherstone Library & Information Centres to host AskSARA Smart Gadget Events

Want to find out more about a new website that shows you gadgets and solutions that can make life easier for you?

We’ll be at Coleshill Library & Information Centre between 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Tuesday 5th November to tell you about AskSARA (www.warwickshire.gov.uk/asksara), the easy-to-use website that helps improve people’s access to a range of ‘self-help’ smart technology in Warwickshire.

On Thursday 14th November, between 10am to 12 noon, you’ll get another opportunity to find out more at Atherstone Library & Information Centre.
Learn more about how the website works and see for yourself examples of gadgets – from automatic pill dispensers to reminder clocks, personal alarms and general equipment – that could help you with day-to-day tasks so you can stay well for longer.

The AskSARA website has been launched in the county by Warwickshire County Council as part of our commitment, through the Warwickshire Cares Better Together programme, to give people better access to Assistive Technology.

From cooking and bathing to taking medication, or doing hobbies and daily tasks, AskSARA provides information, advice and guidance on smart gadgets and solutions that can enable people to help themselves.
The website signposts people to a whole range of gadgets and solutions based on their own personal needs and produces an individual report with suggested ideas, based on the answers to some simple, multiple-choice questions.

Visit the AskSARA Warwickshire website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/asksara.

Archaeology in Coleshill:- 5pm – 7.30pm Tuesday 12 November, Coleshill Town Hall

HS2 would like to invite you to a drop-in event about archaeology in Coleshill
Come and talk to archaeologists about the work that has already been carried out in Coleshill, the exciting finds so far and what they tell us about the history of the local area. Meet the experts who will be on hand to share what’s been discovered, the future excavations planned and what it might reveal.

High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain.

Contact us
08081 434 434
Minicom
08081 456 472
Email
HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

Write to:
High Speed Two (HS2) Limited
Two Snowhill
Snow Hill Queensway
Birmingham B4 6GA
Website www.hs2.org.uk
To keep up to date with what is happening in your area, visit:
www.hs2inwarwickshire.co.uk

Date and time Place
Tuesday 12 November
5.00pm to 7.30pm
Coleshill Town Hall,
High Street, Coleshill,
B46 3BG

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Warwickshire County Council – Plan 2025 – Engagement Questionnaire

Council Plan 2025 – Engagement questionnaire

As a county council we want Warwickshire to be the best it can be, sustainable now and for future generations. As we set out our plans for the next five years we want to understand what is important to our key stakeholders and all those who live, work or study in Warwickshire.

Over the next few weeks we will be seeking to understand people’s concerns, priorities and ambitions for Warwickshire. In particular, ideas to inform our climate action plan following the council’s declaration of a climate emergency. Your views are very important to us as part of this process.

You can share your thoughts with us in a number of ways:
• online by completing our short questionnaire which closes on 20 October. (Paper copies / alternative formats can be requested by email: askwarwickshire@warwickshire.gov.uk) or telephone: 01926 738838)
by coming along to talk to us at one of our roadshows (a regularly updated list of dates is available here)
• by emailing to us directly: askwarwickshire@warwickshire.gov.uk; or
• by writing to: Council Plan 2025 Engagement, Commissioning Support Unit, Resources Directorate, Warwickshire County Council, Shire Hall, Warwick CV34 4RL

If you have any queries or would like to discuss this further please don’t hesitate to get in touch by email (askwarwickshire@warwickshire.gov.uk) or by telephone (01926 738838).

New Website to Suggest Gadgets and Solutions to Make Life Easier for Warwickshire Residents

A new website has been launched in Warwickshire that shows people gadgets and solutions that can make life easier for them.

Called AskSARA (www.warwickshire.gov.uk/asksara), the easy-to-use website helps improve people’s access to a range of ‘self-help’ smart technology and associated services in Warwickshire – from automatic pill dispensers to reminder clocks, personal alarms and general equipment to help make daily activities easier – so they can stay well for longer.

Its been launched by Warwickshire County Council as part of their commitment, through the Warwickshire Cares Better Together programme, to give people better access to Assistive Technology and to help them focus on their strengths.

From cooking and bathing to taking medication, or doing hobbies and daily tasks, AskSARA provides information, advice and guidance on smart gadgets and solutions (Assistive Technology) that can enable people to help themselves.

The website signposts people to a whole range of gadgets and solutions based on their own personal needs and produces an individual report with suggested ideas, based on the answers to some simple, multiple-choice questions.

For example, if a person needs help remembering to take their medication, it might suggest an automatic pill dispenser or a digital reminder clock; or if someone needs help with staying hydrated or has mobility difficulties as a result of a health condition, AskSARA may suggest the use of a special ‘hand steady’ mug, a falls detector ‘watch’, or a personal alarm.

This could reduce their reliance on friends, family and professional carers, and help them to stay well in their own home.

Visit the AskSARA Warwickshire website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/asksara.

Living Well with Dementia in Warwickshire

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and an opportunity to raise awareness of dementia. As the number of people diagnosed with dementia increases, Warwickshire County Council (WCC) are helping residents to understand dementia, what to do if you have concerns about your memory and support available if you have been diagnosed with dementia.

Everybody forgets things from time to time and stress, anxiety, depression, certain physical illnesses, infections and vitamin and thyroid deficiencies are just a few of the things that can affect memory. However, if your memory is getting noticeably worse, or affecting everyday life, book an appointment with your GP as it may be a sign of dementia. Help, support and treatment as early as possible can help you to manage your symptoms.

Every resident of Warwickshire can make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia by helping to create a more Dementia Friendly Warwickshire.

As more people are diagnosed with dementia, it is likely that we will all be touched by dementia at some point in our lives. Dementia Friends learn more about dementia, and the small actions they can take to support those living with dementia. Visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk and find out how you can make a difference.

Become a Dementia Friend

Brain Tumour research – Walk of Hope – 28th September

We’re organising a charity event called the Walk of Hope on 28th September in Warwickshire, and would be delighted if you would include the poster and / or event information (at the bottom of this email) in one of your publications or on your website/social media.

The reason Brain Tumour Research needs your support is because brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more they kill more adults and children under the age of 40 than any other cancer… yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

We are building a network of experts in sustainable research at dedicated Centres of Excellence whilst influencing the Government and larger cancer charities to invest more nationally and we are the only national charity in the UK that is dedicated to raising funds for continuous and sustainable scientific research into brain tumours.

Here are a few stories from Brain Tumour Research patients and supporters who live in Warwickshire:

• Ben Lindon, who was training to become a firefighter in Warwickshire before his diagnosis: https://www.braintumourresearch.org/stories/in-hope/in-hope-stories/ben-lindon
• Richard Wheatley, who lives in Warwickshire and is fighting a brain tumour: https://www.braintumourresearch.org/stories/in-hope/in-hope-stories/richard-wheatley
• Alexander Paul, who was studying at Warwick University, when he sadly died from his brain tumour: https://www.braintumourresearch.org/stories/in-our-hearts/in-our-hearts-stories/alexander-paul

Key event information:

Our website link: https://www.braintumourresearch.org/fundraise/take-on-a-challenge/event/2019/09/28/take-on-the-challenge/hatton-locks-walk-of-hope-warwick

Our Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/476525946476520/

• 10am start
• Saturday 28th September
• Starting and ending at Hatton Locks
• £10 per adult or £30 per family of 4
• 9-mile route
• Each walker receives a Fighting Force medal and a Brain Tumour Research t-shirt
• Family friendly

Community Fundraising Manager – Midlands & Wales
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carrie.bater.14

Brain Tumour Research
Suite 3, Shenley Pavilions, Chalkdell Drive, Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes, Bucks MK5 6LB
www.braintumourresearch.org

Registered charity number 1153487 (England and Wales) SC046840 (Scotland). Company limited by guarantee number 08570737

Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer… yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

Brain Tumour Research is determined to change this.

Help Shape the Future of Health and Care in Coventry and Warwickshire

The Government launched its NHS Long Term Plan in January 2019. This plan sets the agenda and priorities for health and care for the next ten years and shows how the NHS will spend additional funding over the next five years. The plan is built on all of the great work already underway, both nationally and locally, and is about making the NHS better so that it can make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of our population.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Care Partnership system priorities, as outlined in the Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Concordat, are focused on making sure we have:
• Healthy people
• Strong communities
• Effective services

At the same time, the challenges facing our local system must be acknowledged and addressed: people are living longer, which is great, but they’re not always living well.

The gap between life expectancy (the age you are likely to live to) and healthy life expectancy (the age you will be before you need regular health and care interventions) is large – up to 20 years in some parts of Coventry and Warwickshire, which puts a strain on the system.

As staff working in health and care in Coventry and Warwickshire, you know the Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Care Partnership (CWHCP) system better than anyone else. Your feedback will be invaluable in helping to shape the delivery of the long term plan, so please take a moment to share your thoughts on what you think BCCW are doing well as a system, what you’d like to see improve and what you think the CWHCP priorities should be from your perspective.

Use the following link to have your say: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cwhcp_staff_engagement

The survey will close on September 1, 2019. For more information about the survey, please contact info@bettercarecovwarks.org.uk