PACT supports community bingo evening for the elderly

North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) donated funds to a bingo evening that took place in Coffee V, Craig y Don.

PCSO Gail Starr realised that a trip out can be a rare occasion for some of the residents in the predominately elderly area in Llandudno and that many of them fear going out alone due to fear of crime. Their vulnerability makes them increasingly likely to be victims of cold callers or scams.

After speaking to staff about this issue in community coffee shop, Coffee V, they decided to host an early evening bingo session in which target members of the community could attend to socialise with each other as well as making contact with their local PCSO to talk about any issues or concerns that they may have.

Many local businesses thought the event was a great idea and donated enough prizes for a raffle to be held as well. All members of the community were invited to take part in the raffle and raised £300 which the shop donated to St David’s Hospice.

PACT funding was greatly appreciated and put towards the hire of the shop, a drink for each player and for bingo equipment.

Karen Davies, manager of Coffee V, said: “We have really enjoyed working with PCSO Gail to organise this event. As a community focused coffee shop we think that there should be more events like this in Craig y Don to engage with the whole community”.

Over 30 people attended the bingo and gave very positive feedback, with many people saying that they would love to come back and do more.

PCSO Gail Starr said: “Craig y Don is a predominately elderly community, with many of them living independently. Events such as this are a great way to engage with the more isolated and vulnerable members of the community. That is why I believe it is important to provide chances for them to get out and stay in touch with their local PCSOs”.

Dave Evans, PACT project manager, said: “We were delighted to be able to support PCSO Starr with this grant that helped her to support local elderly residents. We would also like to thank Karen Davies at Coffee V and other local businesses who helped to make the event so successful”.

North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) is the community safety charity that seeks out and supports community-led projects that encourage a safer North Wales. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, PACT continues to sponsor grass-roots projects and major education programmes that support the policing and community safety priorities and strive to deliver positive outcomes for all concerned.

 

 

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