Park home residents in Teignbridge have the opportunity to get advice and assistance on everything from energy efficiency to fire safety to benefits this week, as Teignbridge Council teams up with Age UK Devon to run a free open afternoon in Newton Abbot.
The event takes places on Friday, October 15 from 2pm to 4.30pm at the Courtenay Centre in Kingsteignton Road, and is open to all park home residents on a drop-in basis. It will be officially opened by Newton Abbot MP Anne-Marie Morris, with welcomes by Teignbridge Council leader Cllr Alan Connett and mayor of Newton Abbot, Cllr Carole Bunday.
During the afternoon attendees can enjoy free tea and cake as they find out more about the services on offer from local organisations. Typically park home residents are among the most vulnerable energy and service users in the area, with many owners being older people with lower incomes.
In Teignbridge there are high numbers of park homes compared to most areas, with 1,154 in the district. A survey of 81 park home residents conducted by Teignbridge Council in 2009 found that there was above average entitlement for benefits among 24 per cent of residents, and that 28 per cent of park homes taking part were occupied by disabled residents. Some 62 per cent had heating systems which were over 11 years old, while 96 per cent of respondents indicated there were trip hazards in and around the home.
Now organisations including Teignbridge Council, Age UK Devon, Devon and Cornwall Police, the Fire Service, Care Direct, and Devon Care and Repair have come together to offer support and information on a range of topics. Visitors to the open afternoon will be able to find out things like how to increase the energy efficiency of their home and the assistance available to do this; which benefits they may be eligible for; tips for crime prevention and fire safety; and advice relating to home improvement or renovation work.
(from a press release)