Do you think you could offer someone companionship this winter by showing you care during the coldest months of the year, by visiting them on a regular basis to make sure they are safe and well?
That someone could be:
an older member of your family or community
a young mum or dad with a new-born baby
your neighbour or a friend; someone who has mobility or eyesight challenges
someone you know who is living with dementia
Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) has teamed up with singer and Kent resident Cheryl Baker to encourage people across Kent and Medway to think about people we know who may live alone or in isolation, or just someone who might need a bit of extra support, so together we can keep them safe and well, and reduce their risk from fire.
Could you bring a smile to their faces by saying hello and spending time with them for a cuppa and a chat?
Cheryl Baker explains why she’s working with KFRS:
What is Show You Care?
Show You Care is a new initiative by KFRS which aims to help make the lives of people in our community who may live in isolation or feeling the pressure of life to feel valued, safer and less isolated. Not having someone to talk to regularly can be lonely and isolating, particularly if you're used to sharing your home and time with others.
It’s estimated that in Kent and Medway there are more than 40 thousand over 65s living socially isolated lives[i].’
KFRS is calling on people like you to think about how you can help someone you know by calling in for a chat and even think about helping with our ‘Simple STEPS to staying safe and well’ which will help reduce the fire risk in their home.
Watch coverage of Show You Care from ITV Meridian from January 2018
How does ‘Show You Care’ work?
This is a voluntary initiative and it’s entirely down to you to think about someone you can support.
You can register with us by filling out the form below (this is optional) so we can find out who you are and how you’re planning to ‘Show You Care’ and a little bit about your visit.
We will send you an email to encourage you to think about things you can do to help your friend stay safe and well, plus information about other organisations that could also be a good support for them too.
What’s great about ‘Show You Care’?
It’s a way you can give something back by reaching out to someone who needs a little support or could benefit from seeing a friendly face on a regular basis. We suggest a weekly visit is a good start, if you can offer more then that’s great.
Your visit can make a huge difference to their happiness and wellbeing and especially the fire safety in their home. We only recommend you visit someone you know; rather than a stranger. It’s important that you and your chosen person feel safe and secure at all times.
What’s expected of me?
We have no expectations other than to encourage you to spend time with someone who might benefit, but to make it manageable for both of you.
Try not to over promise – keep it to a frequency that you can commit to. If you can’t make it for any reason, always let them know as they may worry about you. We understand things can come up so some weeks you may need to cancel.
If you can’t visit for some reason, you could even make a phone call – which would still help bring a smile to their face. Conversations with your friend should be kept confidential.
You can also make our campaign more successful by downloading our poster and sharing it across your community and neighbourhood.
Why is Kent Fire and Rescue Service doing this?
We know fire smoke can be life-threatening, sadly, older people, those with mobility or health issues are most likely to be injured or die if they have a fire at home.
Simple things like looking out for the danger signs when you visit senior or older people and getting free advice from Kent Fire and Rescue Service could help keep your friends, neighbours and relatives safe from fire.
If you are concerned about someone you know or you are a carer looking for fire safety support, our friendly home safety advisors are just a phone call away.
Call us for free - 0800 923 7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SAFE AND WELL
Your visit may save their life!
[i] The figure is calculated using the national estimation of 12% of people aged 65 and over feeling socially isolated according to PHE
• If this estimate was applied to Medway population, it would result in 4,698 people over 65 years old being socially isolated. More information can be found here - http://medwayjsna.info/ua/427.html
• If this estimation was applied to the Kent population (of over 65s (306k) it would result in 36,708 socially isolated people over the age of 65.