Elderly Larne residents voice crime concerns

Attending the Mid and East Antrim Agewell Parnership Consultation Feel Safe and Sound event in Willowbank Business Centre are (from left) Tommy Stewart, Barbara-Ann Gilcrist from Good Morning Larne, councillor Michael Lynch chairman of PCSP,Deirdre McCloskey from MEAAP, Eddie Lynch from Age Sector Platform, Wendy Carson from PCSP and councillor Maureen Morrow. INLT 44-001-PSB
Attending the Mid and East Antrim Agewell Parnership Consultation Feel Safe and Sound event in Willowbank Business Centre are (from left) Tommy Stewart, Barbara-Ann Gilcrist from Good Morning Larne, councillor Michael Lynch chairman of PCSP,Deirdre McCloskey from MEAAP, Eddie Lynch from Age Sector Platform, Wendy Carson from PCSP and councillor Maureen Morrow. INLT 44-001-PSB
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Over 50 older people gathered at Millbrook’s Willowbank Business Centre to give their views on how the fear of crime affects them.

The event, organised by Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership (MEAAP), is the second of three consultation events planned as part of the MEAAP Feel Safe & Sound Project.

Fear of crime continues to be a top concern for older people in the Mid and East Antrim area, despite the fact policing statistics indicate crime affecting older people is actually quite rare.

MEAAP Project Development Officer, Deirdre McCloskey said: “The fear of crime is very real for many pensioners, and hence should not be ignored.

“However little is known in terms of what crime means for an older person, or what impact it can have on their daily lives.”

Councillor Michael Lynch, Chairman of Larne Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), hoped the scheme would help “inform and shape future strategies and projects designed specifically to meet the needs of older people in the area”.

The three consultation events, along with a paper survey, provide a valuable opportunity for older people to get involved and not only give valuable feedback but also increase awareness of the various help and support already available through various agencies and organisations.

The MEAAP Feel Safe and Sound Project has gained the support of the PSNI, the Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus PCSPs, as well as additional funding support being provided by the Big Lottery Fund & Public Health Agency in partnership with South Antrim Community Network.

For further information on the MEAAP Feel Safe and Sound Project, or to request a copy of the paper survey, you can contact MEAAP on 028 2565 8604 or email info@meaap.co.uk