A new project has been launched working to create a safe environment for older people in Dorset.

The charity Age UK North South and West Dorset has begun a new project, supported by the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) which aims to help older people with digital safety and security at home. 

It has received £20,000 of OPCC funding and will involve digital safety and scam awareness workshops and individual assessments to address specific needs and concerns. 

This comes after Dorset has seen an increase in scam phone calls pertaining to be from a police officer.

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Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, David Sidwick said: “I want to ensure Dorset’s residents are protected from crime and feel safe and secure as they get older.

"Whether that is through education and awareness of the despicable tactics of scammers and fraudsters, via small safety measures they can take in their homes or through increased contact and community support, anything we can do to help people feel safer is vitally important.

“Equipping our older generation with knowledge, support and a sense of community will be key to tackling the vulnerability often associated with getting older and is a project I fully support."

Terri Lewis, chief officer for Age UK Dorset, added: “By addressing social isolation head-on and empowering individuals with the tools to navigate the digital world securely, we're fostering an environment where growing older should be something to be enjoyed rather than feared.

“We are immensely grateful for the support from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, whose partnership enables us to turn this vision into reality.”

The Older Safer initiative will initially continue for one year, with the opportunity to extend following a review.