Older people living in Ballysally, Millburn and Churchlands in Coleraine are being given free personal safety alarms designed to deter attacks and alert passers-by that someone is in danger.
The keyring-sized alarms emit a loud high pitched noise when they are activated, and
are being distributed to 430 residents of Ballysally, Killowen, Millburn and Churchlands thanks to funding from the Housing Executive’s Community Safety Grants programme.
The distribution is being managed by Age Concern Causeway in partnership with the Police Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and the Neighbourhood Renewal Department of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. As well as the personal safety alarms, the recipients are also being given advice leaflets on preventing burglaries and how to deal with cold callers.
Steve McCrudden, project co-ordinator with Age Concern Causeway said:
“We first distributed the alarms to a small group of older residents in Ballysally as part of a pilot project run by Building Ballysally Together. The feedback from that was very positive, with recipients saying they felt safer and more confident, knowing they had something to hand that could deter an attacker or a burglar. So we decided to distribute the alarms to a wider area so that more people could benefit.
“We’re grateful to the Housing Executive for supporting us in the project, because the alarms help older people feel safe at home and give them more confidence when they’re out and about.”
Mark Alexander, area manager for Causeway said:
“We are delighted to support initiatives like these that keep our communities safe, and in particular, older residents who live in our estates. This project is a great example of how our Community Safety Grant scheme can help deliver positive action that benefits communities.”