Profile: Oaklea, 21st Jan, 2020

Busy beat on Friday 17 January in County Durham - Oaklea customers Gemma, Kit, Nicola & Gillian were presented with their cyber safety awards.

Huge thanks to Durham Fire Service & Durham Constabulary - especially PCSO Officers Preet & Liz who took our gang on a VIP tour of the UK’s 1st “Quad” - a centre housing all 4 emergency services (Ambulance, Fire Service, Police and Mountain Rescue).

The purpose built centre in Barnard Castle is just a short walk from where our customers live - and it’s re assuring that they can approach any of the services if they are in need as they will recognise many of the teams on a first name basis.

Some of us needed no excuse to dress up and get ready for that 999 call!

The certificates were a great way of rounding off important elements of our new approach to social care - the 7 Keys to Citizenship. Here we embrace things like love, life, purpose, freedom, home, help etc.

Gillian and Kit - seen here with Preet, definitely enjoyed the VIP visit! PCSO Preet tells us why web safety is something we all need to be thinking about:

Do not adjust your set - just smile…you’re on infra red camera!

The cyber safety was important as these particular customers are quite independent but need to be aware of what problems the internet can pose - they all have their own smartphone and laptops so need to be aware of any possible dangers out there.

You can discover more about the 7 Keys to Citizenship here - 7 Keys to Citizenship with Oaklea

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