Police hold crime prevention event at the ‘dementia friendly’ community cafe

Monday 9 April 2018

Police officers from Welwyn Hatfield North’s Safer Neighbourhood Team held a crime prevention event at a community café held in Our Lady’s Family Centre on Woodhall Lane in Welwyn Garden City on Thursday, March 22.

Every third Thursday of each month, between 11am and 2pm, the centre holds a dementia friendly café which provides activities and information for people living with dementia and their friends and family.

Last week police officers attended and spoke to the café’s customers about crime prevention. Officers also handed out crime prevention leaflets and security purse chains, which help to prevent purses being stolen from handbags.

PC Darren Turner, said: “We were delighted to be asked to attend such an important event to meet some members of our older community and to let them know we are here for them should they need us. Attendees also had the chance to talk to us about any concerns they had about their local area.

“The work the dementia friendly café does is really important as it engages with some of the most vulnerable members of our community and makes them feel included and valued. We really enjoyed attending during the morning and hope to come again and make this a more regular event.”

Jane Andrews of Home Instead Senior Care said: “It’s great to have the support from our local Safer Neighborhood Team and them working in collaboration with us. We appreciate they made the effort to spend time with our most vulnerable community members and the work they undertake every day to make our community a safer place to live. For more information about our next café on Thursday, April 19 contact 01707 240650 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/welwyn.”