Help protect the vulnerable

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Relatives of people living with dementia are being urged to get involved in a new initiative aimed at clamping down on predatory fraudsters.

East Renfrewshire Council has been awarded £405,000 by the Life Changes Trust to work in collaboration with Angus and South Ayrshire Councils to develop a preventative approach to protect people with dementia from financial exploitation.

The Council is now reaching out to families of people living with dementia who are concerned their loved ones could be at risk

Councillor Vincent Waters, convener for Environment, said: “The aim of this project is to offer people with dementia an individualised, person-centred package to safeguard them from financial exploitation, on the doorstep, by telephone, by mail or online.”

Paul Holland, principal prevention officer at ERC, who is coordinating the project with the Life Changes Trust, said: “Thanks to funding from the Life Changes Trust, we can proactively identify residents at risk and introduce practical solutions.”

For details, visit www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk.