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Protecting vulnerable adults

  • by JW

“Helping vulnerable people to live healthier lives”

Plus: “A Guide for Financially Vulnerable Adults”


The Sid Valley is home to many retired people – and many of these become increasingly vulnerable over time. There are several excellent bodies on hand, including Sid Valley Help which provides information on health and social care support services.

There are also bodies providing very specific services, such as Sidmouth Voluntary Services – Twyford House Centre, supporting older and vulnerable people, as well as providing discounted community meals and social gatherings.

Plus, there is the Devon Safeguarding Adults Partnership, which seeks to “help everyone to understand the part they play in protecting adults and ensuring even the most vulnerable are kept safe and well”.

There is also the politics, including a charity’s legal challenge over Devon adult social care cutbacks – due to Devon County Council facing a budget overspend. There have been recent calls for emergency funds to protect vulnerable children support, whilst there has been some dismay at the decision by the county council to shut down the mobile library service.

So, there is indeed a lot of pressure in particular being felt by vulnerable adults and young adults in these difficult times.

But there is also help being provided on a national scale. 

The government brought in £10m in funding to support vulnerable adults earlier in the summer – as reported by the Public Sector News at the time:

Developing new and innovative ways of supporting vulnerable adults, new ways of supporting people could include the use of technology, peer support or community-based initiatives. The government’s announcement has been welcomed by charities and other organizations that work with vulnerable adults. They say that the funding will make a real difference to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in society.

And as a result, for instance, a Reading vulnerable adults home sensor trial has just won a grant. 

In the meantime, the private sector is also looking to help the vulnerable. For example, A Guide for Financially Vulnerable Adults has been put together, looking at “30 Credit Card Scams To Watch Out For”: 

Con artists and scammers have always had methods for trying to deprive us of our hard-earned money. The introduction of the internet has, sadly, made their job a little easier. Credit cards are often the target of these attacks. But it isn’t all doom and gloom. One of the best ways to prevent yourself from falling victim to any kind of credit card scam is to know what a potential threat looks like and react accordingly. In this guide, we’re going to discuss 30 of the most common scams, and what you can do to best protect yourself.

Finally, an inspiring programme from Kent:

Helping vulnerable people and disadvantaged communities to live healthier lives | Have Your Say In Kent and Medway