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Aston Park crew finds the time for older residents

Older people from in and around the Aston area attended a special open day, held at their local fire station, earlier this week.

The event, which took place on Tuesday 21 May, saw over 20 people given specific advice and guidance on how they can stay safe from fire, and other risks, in their homes – over tea and scones.

This advice came from various different agencies – including South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, as well as the fire service.

The event was delivered in line with South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue’s latest safety campaign, Find The Time, and included a slipper swap, with each of the attendees being given a brand new pair of non-slip slippers in exchange for their old ones.

Home safety checks, for after the event, were also organised for the attendees.

“The feedback from the event was really positive, so much so that we’ve been asked to run another event later in the year,” said Aston Park Station Manager Gavin Jones, who organised the open day.

“Not only did all of the attendees enjoy it, and have an opportunity to socialise and meet new people, but collectively we hope that the safety advice, the new slippers and a chair based exercise session that was also delivered will make these people safer, happier and healthier.

“I’d like to thank all those who attended and, of course, everyone who helped run the event.”

This content was last updated on May 23rd, 2019