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National Safeguarding Adults Week 21 – 27 November 2022

Mental Health Awareness Week:
Please be assured that however you may be feeling, there is plenty of support available.
For a number of mental health support groups visit Isle Find It – Your Community Directory.
Stay Safe and Keep Well 😀

Beware of scams

A couple of unusual scams and an old favourite this morning. Check out these scam warnings from Trading Standards and don’t get caught out.

  • Reports of fake calls from banks, Visa and Amazon saying that money has come out of your account. These are SCAMS. Do not respond if you are at all concerned. You should put the phone down and wait 10 minutes or use another line and contact your bank to verify.
  • Be wary if you are dealing with a solicitor and communicating via email. We have heard reports of solicitors accounts getting hacked and emails telling house buyers to pay the deposit into an account which turns out to be a scam. If you are in the process of purchasing a house always verify solicitors bank details with them verbally – don’t trust emails communications with such large amounts.
  • A warning to businesses: The report we have received relates to garages and the purchase of parts however could easily apply to any business. Criminals are purchasing car parts over the phone using stolen card details – collecting the item and then the card company will reverse the payment leaving the business at a loss.
  • Remember: be a little suspicious of everything and don’t be afraid to challenge something you aren’t sure about

Whatsapp Users:


Did you know that …
1. Open WhatsApp on your phone
2. Go into Settings
3. Go to Account
4. Go to Privacy
5. Go to Groups
6. Change from (Everyone) to (My Contacts, press Done)

do so for your own security and share this with everyone you know that uses WhatsApp.

Reporting Hate Crime
3rd June 2021

Now that Covid 19 restrictions are lifting, you may come across abuse or aggression from others whilst you are out.

If you are subject to hate crime because of your disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or religion, you can report this via 999 (in an emergency), on 101 (non-emergency), online on True Vision and or attend a third party reporting centre IOW Citizen’s Advice Bureau;

Make sure you keep yourself safe and confident whilst out and about. The Safe Places Scheme is there to give you somewhere safe to go to if you are feeling scared or confused. Details of IOW Safe Place can be found here:
Watch the following clips about hate and mate crime

Elder Abuse
29th June 2021

Check out this cross post from the UN: Elder abuse is preventable. Everyone has a role to play — by watching for signs, staying connected, getting help from local services & more.

Infographic by the UN

Domestic Abuse
16th August 2021

Report from the Police, don’t deal with this on your own there is help out there. ‘Unfortunately there was a theme last night, we attended quite a few reports of domestic abuse. At 3 of these incidents, 3 males were arrested. I am very aware that domestic abuse (DA) effects men and women. In my experience women are more likely to be victims. There are many reason for this but to keep this topic short and to the point, I would urge you to contact us or a DA specialist if you are in need.
You can contact us;…/how-to-report…/

If you don’t feel ready to talk to the police or you would rather speak to a DA specialist support worker, please click the link below. You Trust support victims on the Isle of Wight and their link is in the below page;…/support-organisations/

This link also provides support for women, men and other topics, including LGBT+, children and support for the elderly. I can’t emphasise enough that you don’t deserve to be treated like rubbish, called names, controlled or physically abused. It is not normal behaviour and there will be someone out there that deserves you and will love you for who you are.

Domestic abuse also effects more than just intimate relationships, it can also happen between a parent and their son/daughter. This is just as heart breaking to see and is not acceptable behaviour in a modern society.

Do you know someone that is suffering from DA? Please encourage them to seek help. My officers are ready to do all they can to support you. You Trust have professional people that can also offer a lot of support and long term guidance if you would prefer to speak to someone that is not a police officer.
‘Sgt Radford

22nd July 2021
What is Anti-Social Behaviour?
Anti-Social Behaviour or ASB, is when someone’s quality of life is affected by the actions of other people in the community, this is anti-social behaviour.
What is ASB?
Incidents of ASB can range from something that is a mild annoyance to something that causes real fear and insecurity. It could be a one-off event or something that happens over and over again.
ASB can be broken down into three categories:
Personal ASB – when a person targets a specific individual or group
Nuisance ASB – when a person causes trouble, annoyance or suffering to a community.
Environmental ASB – When a person’s actions affect the wider environment, such as public spaces or buildings.
What can you do about ASB?
All reports of ASB should be put to your local police. If it’s an emergency, call 999. Where your report is not an emergency, you can contact them via the 101 number or online at:…/how-to-report-a-crime/

New Safe Places!
13th July 2021
A massive welcome to all our new Safe Place volunteers! If you’re in need of a Safe Place, you can now head over to these additional locations: Kingston Farmhouse Care Home Ltd in Whippingham, East Cowes, Newport Residential Care, Byrnhill Grove RCH in Ventnor, Ryde Town Council, Hose Rhodes Dickson in Ryde and Regent Pharmacy in Shanklin.
Haven’t got a Safe Places card? If you think you could do with a Safe Place every now and then (or know someone who would benefit), head on over to our website:…/

The Little Book of Big Scams
27th November 2021

A fantastic resource aimed at everyone to understand the scams and fraudsters that pray on the general public.

Tricky Friends
26th November 2021

Check out this amazing video by the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board on Tricky Friends:

Community Action Isle of Wight
11th October 2021
Safe Places IOW have a small feature in the Community Action newsletter.
You can read it here:

Home Fire Safety
25th September 2021
Hampshire Fire Service Safe and Well is a Home Fire Safety visit that’s tailored to an individual’s needs, relating to their health and lifestyle choices. This is available to people with vulnerabilities that may indicate that they are at more risk of harm from fire. This visit is free of charge and will include a customer-made information pack, installation of new fire alarms and a check of existing fire alarms, issue of fire retardant bedding, furniture throws and nightwear and, if appropriate, a referral to other services for a professional assessment. To find out more visit the Hampshire Fire Service Safe and Well webpage at:

Victim Care Service
19th September 2021
Specialist support services are available through The Victim Care Service @VCS_HantsIOW Crime can impact you in many ways which is why their support is tailored to individual needs. To find out about their free and confidential service, call 0808 178 1641

11th September 2021

#TalkSuicide a 20 min e learning provided by the @Zer0Suicide It aims to give you the skills & confidence to help someone who may be considering suicide. #WSPD

FREE Skills and Knowledge Building Events
26th August 2021

If you are a Safe Place IOW location then these FREE events may be of interest. Places are available free of charge to any of our Safe Place locations.…/free-skills-and…/

Tricky Friends
26th August 2021

Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board have a useful animation to help people to think about keeping safe whilst enjoying friendships.

Alzheimer Cafes
19th August 2021

A great place to meet, share and learn more about dementia. Pop along to your nearest Alzheimer Café.

Rest for Carers
13th August 2021

Coercive Control
11th July 2021

‘Here I am, I am not a learning disability’
Julys Spotlight
‘Here I am, I am not a learning disability’ – Lets hear from people with a learning disability, they tell us what learning disability means to them.Check out the post here:

Delivery Scams
10th July 2021
61% of UK residents have been targeted by delivery #scams in the past year & 1 in 4 have been targeted by holiday scams. Unfortunately, 3% said they lost money as a result. Forward any suspicious texts to 7726 & delete.Read more:

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