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Free Call Blocking Units

The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team have received funding from the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) to supply and fit free call blocking units for people who receive scam and nuisance phone calls. The units supplied will be the trueCall Secure units.

Applications open on Tuesday 15th October. Complete the online application at the Friends Against Scams website.

Older Drivers Forum

Date: 10 Oct 2019 - 09:30 to 15:00
Location: Flowerland Garden Centre, Bourne End, Marlow

Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Police together with your local councils have combined resources to offer "Older Drivers Forum" events, at a variety of locations during the first couple of weeks in October.

They are free of charge, No appointment is needed just drop in anytime between 9.30am and 3pm, and feel free to attend with family or friends.

The purpose of the event – The event is to help promote and raise awareness of the Older Drivers Forum and how it can help and support Older Motorists to carry on driving safely for longer. We also give advice to Family and Friends concerned about Older Motorists.

What is the Older Drivers Forum
The Forum and is made up of experts in road safety from across Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight; including representatives from the emergency services, charities, community groups, local authorities and businesses specialising in keeping older people on the road.

The Older Drivers Forum is dedicated to keeping the mature motorist, on the road safely, for longer. We help identify the key issues facing an older driver and offer information, tips, solutions and practical advice. The Older Driver Forum advocate the importance of regular eyesight testing and driving appraisals offered by local councils or advanced motoring groups.

We also offer practical and informative advice for those who might be considering retiring or preparing to retire from driving.

Visit for more information and advisory videos for older drivers, their friends, families, GPs and medical practitioners.

We will give advice on:

  • Brushing up your skills
  • Booking a driving assessment
  • Arranging a regular eyesight test (or a quick test with Specsavers at the event).
  • Health and well being issues that could affect your driving ability
  • Renewing your licence at 70
  • Learn more about road safety and the consequences of not being fit to drive
  • Discover alternatives to driving and staying independent without a car
  • And much more

These events are FREE to attend and we would encourage both mature drivers and their families to attend to get more information.

Carers Berkshire phone line to help “hidden” carers

East Berkshire and Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), together with Signal4Carers, launched a Berkshire wide Freephone number on the 3rd June, to support those who maybe looking after someone.

Many people who carry out caring responsibilities do not recognise themselves as carers, but may benefit from some support and could be unaware of the help available to them. Many may feel that they are simply carrying out ordinary responsibilities as a friend or family member.

Safeguarding adult reviews across Berkshire, have identified a need for more proactive awareness to support those people who may be looking after someone. These people often do not consider themselves carers and are unknown to services. They may not be aware of what support is available to aid them in their role. If you are looking after someone, you can call the Freephone number on 0800 133 7851 where you will be offered support and information.

The Freephone number to call is 0800 133 7851 from 10am until 4pm Monday to Friday (message facility for evenings and weekends, leave a message and receive a call back).

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