Community event to keep homes safe

Keeping your home secure will be the focus of the latest community event at a church café.

The Friday café at St David’s Church, Childwall , which is supported by Childwall councillors Jeremy Wolfson, Ruth Hirschfield and Frank Hont, has run successfully for more than two years.

It has introduced a monthly community event which will be held on the first Friday of each month (excluding Good Friday), the first of which gave out around 70 information packs on keeping warm during winter time and getting the best value out of the fuel used.

And on Friday 6 March (10am-noon) the latest session will be offering advice on how to keep your home secure.

It will feature advice from Trading Standards, Police, the fire service and housing officers.

The Reverend Robert Williams, Vicar of St David’s  said, “We intended the Friday café at St. David’s to be  a place where people could meet socially, as well as a place that could be used as a meeting point where information could be accessed.

 “The first event was very successful and we want to build on that with future sessions.”

Local councillor Jeremy Wolfson, said: “We want these events to be on issues which are relevant and helpful to the local community. We introduced a No Cold Calling Zone in Childwall  a couple of years ago as this is what the local residents told us they wanted – clearly home security is an issue which is of concern and those people who attend will be given very helpful advice and information.”

Among the issues which will be dealt with will be doorstep crime and rogue traders. John McHale, Interim Head of Licensing and Regulatory Services at the city council  said:  “This event is timely because as spring approaches many people think about having work done on their gardens or homes and we usually see an increase in complaints relating to doorstep calling and poor or shoddy work.

“Our advice is not to do business with unsolicited tradesmen who knock at your door.  We will be advising that to stay safe from rogue traders householders should follow these steps:
– get at least three quotations for work before going ahead
– ask family or friends for recommendations of traders
– never be pressured into signing a contract and do not pay all the money for the work up front.

“If you are concerned about rogue traders operating in your area you can contact Licensing and Regulatory Services via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.”
• Pictured are Childwall Ward Councillors Jeremy Wolfson, Ruth Hirschfield and Frank Hont with Richie Quinn (Energy / Fuel Poverty Officer), Kate McCormick (Localities) and the Healthy Homes team at the Friday morning café’s first event which focused on practical advice on keeping warm this winter.