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The Bobby Scheme

The Bobby Scheme provides a service to older or vulnerable people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough by improving their home security to reduce crime and the fear of crime. Two security advisors visit the homes and fit high quality, appropriate security devices to make people feel safer in their own homes. They also carry out a home fire safety check on behalf of the Fire Service, and provide security advice and reassurance. The scheme also fits key safes.

20 June 2016
East of England
Charity, Health, Local Authorities, Other, Social Care, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
East Cambridgeshire Dementia Action Alliance, Fenland Dementia Action Alliance, Cambridge City Dementia Action Alliance, South Cambridgeshire Dementia Action Alliance, Huntingdonshire Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

The Bobby Scheme secures homes of victims aged 60 and over, and non-victims aged 65 and over or disabled residents. The charity was set up to improve the quality of life, increased independence and safety of older, vulnerable and disabled residents in Cambridgeshire. There are also many people living with dementia who use and benefit from our services. Our services aim to reduce incidents of crime against older, vulnerable people and repeat incidents of these crimes, of which older people often sadly fall victim.  We fit safety measures such a key safes, door alarms and locks to help enable older people to remain in their own homes safely, and to reassure carers, family and friends that their loved ones are safe and secure.


When working for a resident living with dementia, we also aim to have a member of the family present, so we can explain to both parties the benefit of the new measure installed.


By enabling people to live independently for longer, we are ensuring that people living with dementia still feel able to live well, safely in their communities, reducing the likelihood of hospital or care home admissions

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

With only two Bobbies working across the whole county resources are stretched and time of the Bobbies is in great demand. However if we are able to deliver information about dementia during already planned home visits this will make our visits very efficient.

2. Actions

  • Training

    All members of staff complete a Dementia Friends information session

  • Badges

    All staff to wear forget-me-not Dementia Friends badges on uniforms when out and about. Display badges and leaflets in the office

    Being implemented
  • Support Workers

    Link in to the local support team and refer to them where necessary.

    Being implemented
  • Dementia Action Alliance

    Scheme to join a Dementia Action Alliance