Welcome to the SSAB website. Whilst we find ourselves in extraordinary circumstances, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Sutton residents and staff from across partnership agencies who have risen to the remarkable challenges that the Coronavirus outbreak presents. I really appreciate how hard everyone is working to identify, report and respond to safeguarding issues during this period. The way in which we work has adapted at pace, but agencies have been working together to pro-actively anticipate needs and respond so as to reduce risk to our most vulnerable residents. Our Board members met last week and heard how, despite the challenges, safeguarding responsibility remains a key priority for all partners. SSAB members confirmed their shared commitment to providing support and maintaining vital services, particularly for those at risk or experiencing abuse or neglect. I hope you find the latest issue of our the website interesting and informative. We would urge everyone to regularly check our website which is updated frequently to provide alerts on emerging risks (such as financial scams) or ways to access support services. Now, more than ever, safeguarding really is everyone’s business.
Sutton Uplift is an innovative service which is designed to support your health and wellbeing in a number of ways including:
• Wellbeing Support and Workshops
• Psychological Therapy
• Mental Health Assessments
• Recovery Support
Sutton Uplift is a partnership between South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust and local voluntary sector organisations.
The service is available to people who are 18 years and over and live in Sutton or have a Sutton GP.
If you are interested in our service you can contact us by calling (Freephone) 0800 032 1411 or 020 3513 4044 (charged at your network rate). Lines are open 9am to 6pm.
You can also visit our website www.suttonuplift.co.uk and complete an online self-referral form.
Jubilee Health Centre, East Building
6 Stanley Park Road
Surrey SM6 0EX
Fax: 020 3513 4455
In response to council queries, the Local Government Association( LGA) published a series of documents which is regularly updated with new topics and questions. Below is a link in an easy read pictorial format explaining 'What is Coronavirus?'
Sutton Trading Standards hope that you are well, and as a reminder, we would like to re-iterate the government and NHS guidelines about maintaining good hygiene; please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for further information
It is particularly important for people who are over 70 and/or have an underlying health condition
Things such as Facebook Community Groups, WhatsApp Groups, and the Nextdoor social network that send neighbourhood alerts can be great ways of staying in touch with those around you, however, it can be difficult to know who to trust. These are all online and not everyone has access to the internet
Please be aware that not everyone out there is trustworthy and some people will take advantage of this unusual situation our society is facing
Here are just some of the scams we are aware of, but please note that criminals come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, post or online:
• Virus testing kits
• Vaccines or miracle cures – there is currently no vaccine or cure
• Overpriced or fake goods to protect yourself from coronavirus such as anti-bacterial products
• Shopping or medication collection services
• Home decontamination services
• Don’t be rushed into making a decision. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
• Only purchase goods and services from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information
• Don’t assume everyone is genuine. It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. If in doubt, speak to someone you trust
• If someone claims to represent a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money up front. If someone attempts to pressurise you into accepting a service they are unlikely to be genuine. Check with family and friends before accepting offers of help if you are unsure
• If you think have been scammed, contact your bank first
• If you think you’ve been scammed, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or www.actionfraud.police.uk to help stop it happening to others
• Get advice and report it to Trading Standards through the Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 223 1133 or online advice at www.adviceguide.org.uk
• If you are in immediate danger, contact the police on 999
To learn more about different types of scams and how to protect yourself and others, visit www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk and complete the free online training
Why not become a Scam Marshal? A Scam Marshal is any resident in the UK who has been targeted by a scam and now wants to fight back and take a stand against scams. Scam Marshals do this by sharing their own experiences, helping others to report and recognise scams and sending any scam mail that they receive to the National Trading Standards Scams Team so that it can be utilised as evidence in future investigative and enforcement work
Visit www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk/ScamMarshals for more information and to sign up
Please take a look at the Little Booklet of Phone Scams