Have you ever been the victim of an online scam? Would you be willing to share your experiences in order to help others avoid the same predicament?

Increasingly everyday life takes place on the Internet and through mobile phones. Of course, it’s great to have that ongoing connection with your family and friends but there does seem to be a downside to this digital revolution. We are having to learn difficult lessons about who else we make contact with online and how we manage our financial affairs so that we can avoid being duped. The anonymous nature of the Internet makes it very easy for others to deceive us into giving away our personal details, gaining access to our computer or getting us to part with our hard-earned cash.

My name is Dr. Dave Harley and I am a lecturer and researcher from Brighton University who is interested in documenting people’s experiences of online scams in order to understand whether there are specific vulnerabilities for older Internet users. I have been involved in research looking at older people’s engagement with digital technology for over 10 years and I currently run a computer group at the Hillcrest Centre in Newhaven specifically supporting older people in the area. I would like to know how common your experience of online scams is, what tactics scammers used to deceive you and how you chose to deal with the situation. If you are interested in taking part in the survey, please contact me by email or telephone and I will send you the link to an online survey. If you want to know more about the study, then by all means ring me for a chat.

Name: Dr. Dave Harley

Email: d.a.harley@brighton.ac.uk

Tel: 01273 643472

MERIDIAN MATURE CITIZENS FORUM AGM

Meridian Mature Citizens Forum AGM 30 January 2020

The Meridian Mature Citizens Forum are holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, 30 January 2020 from 10.00am to 12.00pm at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven.

 

Please see the attached notice which can be downloaded by clicking on the underlined link at the top of this notice.

 

All members are welcome, and any new members will be equally welcome!  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Additional Support Is Available In A Power Cut If You Act Now

This message is being sent to you by Sussex Neighbourhood Watch in partnership with UK Power Networks.

Power cuts don’t happen very often these days, but if there’s a power cut, have you ever wondered how some people would cope?

UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of our region and fix power cuts. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a free priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.

By registering with UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register you will be given a priority 24-hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.

More information can be found online at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/power-cut/priority-services-register.  It’s quick and free to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends who meet the criteria you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.

Please note that the majority of our members live in the area served by UK Power Networks (London, East and South East). However, a few do not, and it will be made clear to you in the online registration process if this is the case, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Services Register.

Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible to sign up to UK Power Networks Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut. The link is below. We know that some people are hesitant to click on links, so if you prefer you can go online and search for UK Power Networks Priority Services Register.

www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/internet/en/help-and-advice/priority-services-during-a-power-cut/priority-service-register-application-form/

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk or visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk.

 

KEEPING WARM & WELL THIS WINTER

The following advice has been issued  by the East Sussex Fuel Poverty Co-ordinator at Hastings, Louise Trenchard.

1.  Warm Home Check Service (https://warmeastsussex.org.uk/) or at any Citizen’s Advice office or Calling the Citizens Advice ADVICELINE on 03444 111444.

The Warm Home Check service offers advice to anyone who struggles to afford to keep warm at home. It also provides eligible vulnerable households with a holistic home assessment. This can include:

  • advice on how best to keep their home warm/reduce energy costs
  • advice on financial support available to help with heating costs
  • minor home improvement measures such as improving pipe insulation, draught-proofing, boiler service.
  • An emergency temporary heating scheme is also available.

Subject to funding being available, the service can also coordinate and source funding for the installation of heating & insulation measures available through schemes such as the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

Eligibility

For the home visit element of this free service you need to:

Own your own property or rent it privately (in East Sussex) and have the owner’s permission to do the work.

AND EITHER

– be on a low income and be either diagnosed with a long term condition or living with a diagnosed disability

OR

– be receiving one of the following benefits: Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Universal Credit, Pension Guarantee Credit and/or Pension Savings Credit, Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

* There are some income thresholds depending on the size of household.

2. Cold Weather Ready

The clocks have gone back and winter is, indeed, coming. The Cold weather health watch begins on November 1 and runs until March 31. In order to prevent avoidable harm to health, it is important to alert people to the negative health effects of cold weather, and enabling them to prepare and respond appropriately. Now is the time to register and encourage others to register for Cold Alerts so that you know if we have a cold snap in store – https://www.coldalert.info/Registration.aspx

3. Flu Jabs

Eligible people should claim their free flu jab as soon as possible

“Flu is potentially a very serious illness, and the flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself and help ease pressures on your local NHS. Last year, around 1 in 4 of those eligible in East Sussex did not claim their free flu jab. This year, residents should be vaccinated as they will be better protected from flu than ever before. We hope this improved vaccine will help ease pressures on local health services by leading to fewer avoidable GP appointments, fewer people needing hospital care and fewer deaths from flu.”

Those who could get seriously ill if they get flu and risk avoidable hospital admission can claim a free flu jab, including:

  • All children aged two to ten (but not eleven years or older) on 31 August 2019, this covers nurseries, Reception through school years 1-6

Those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups :

  • Pregnant women
  • Those aged 65 years and over
  • Those in long-stay residential care homes
  • Carers
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised people.

It is best that people identified at risk of complications claim their free flu vaccine through their GP, and from their local high street pharmacist.

I hope you all have a healthy winter this year – please take care

A Chance for a Free Call Blocker – Supplies limited

National Trading Standards

Scams Team

Call Blocker Project

Do you get scam or nuisance phone calls? Are you getting frustrated by them? Are they calling at annoying times of the day?

Criminals target people via the landline at particularly busy times of the day as they know that you are likely to be distracted making you more susceptible to falling for their scams.

Read this article published by Which? for some great advice on how to block calls.
Friends Against Scams are giving away free call blockers now! Hurry, You can apply for a free trueCall device here at: www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk/CallBlocker

#ScamAware #CallBlocker

Welcome Back

We were really sorry to have interrupted viewing the Meridian Mature Citizens Forum web page – this was due to a hacking incident – however, it’s all sorted now, and I can update you all on the Older People’s Day events:

  • The first event takes place on Tuesday 1 October 2019 – “An Outing to Enjoy the Battle Festival” – however this tour has been fully booked for some time now – sorry for any disappointment

  • The second event takes place on Friday 11 October 2019 – an afternoon screening of the delightful film “Stan & Ollie.  It takes place at the Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven BN9 9LH from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.  Tickets are £3 on the door, and free tea and cake will be available after the performance.

  • Finally, on Monday 14 October 2019 we take you back in time and invite you to a “Beetle Drive” – remember them?  Never played?  They’re great fun!  No skills needed.  This will be followed by musical entertainment from Ukulele Band, UKE 3A.  Admission is free.  Free tea and cake 

 

For further information on any of these events, please phone Kate on 01273 516207 or email us on info@meridian-sf.org.uk

 

Best wishes 

Christine Bowman, Membership Secretary

Important Consultations

There are two fairly new consultations now live with East Sussex County Council – one regarding the subsidy on Meals In the Community and the other on Support for Working Age Adults.

The first one on Meals in the Community finishes on 6 August 2019;

The second one on Support for Working Age Adults finishes on 13 August 2019.

I do hope that some of our members feel able to “have their say” – if you follow the links below, you should find that papers copies are available if you so wish.

 

The links are as follows:

“Have Your Say On The Meals Subsidy Consultation” –

www.eastsussex.gov.uk/mealsubsidy

“Have Your Say on Support for Working Age Adults” –

www.eastsussex.gov.uk/waa

Many thanks