Good News! anyone aged 65 and over in Hampshire, who is registered with a GP, now automatically qualifies for a New Hampshire Fire and Rescue Safe and Well Visit. which is designed to help you stay safe in your home for longer.

This free home safety visit will be arranged with you in advance, so the will be no surprises when a uniformed member of Hampshire Fire and Rescue (HFRS) calls at your door. He, or She, will talk with you about what it is like living in your home and carry out a Home Safety check to reduce the risk of fire and accidents.  They can even fit some equipment there and then, if required.

HFRS can provide free of charge:

a custom made information pack

install new and check existing smoke alarms.

advise on where to get additional help if needed.

Over the next few months, members of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will be visiting this area to carry out home visits, you may also find your local Village Agent accompanying them. If you are contacted about a visit, you have nothing to lose, and much to gain, by making an appointment!

Bob is the Village Agent for Burghclere. Village Agents are volunteers for Age Concern Hampshire who can help older people to find information and services in their local community, such as, on finding help around the home or garden, or getting about.

If you are someone who would benefit from a Safe and well Visit, or you know someone who would benefit, or you just want to know more about how your Village Agent can help you, the please call Bob on 07831 430 890 or ring

Age Concern Hampshire on 0800 328 7154. Alteratively, if you would like to know more about Safe and Well Visits, then call HFRS on 023 8062 6751 and ask for the Community Fire Safety Team, or visit their website,

www.hantsfire.gov.uk