Public Encouraged to Attend FREE Educational Workshops 

For Immediate Release
9/9/2016 
Contact: Maria Visocchi - Manager Corporate Communications 
Phone: 519-759–4150 

For Immediate Release September 9, 2016

BRANTFORD – Beginning Wednesday, September 14th, the Grand River Council on Aging along with the City’s Safe Brantford project team and the Brantford Public Library will host a series of Consumer Protection and Age–Friendly Communities Workshops focused on personal safety.

Among the important tools and techniques that will be shared at the workshops are: recognizing and avoiding scams, identity theft, fraudulent door to door sales, home renovations and signing illegitimate contracts. The Workshop will also cover elements of what makes a community age-friendly, such as community safety, accessibility in all aspects of daily life and recognizing that seniors have a wide range of skills and abilities to offer their community.

FREE Workshops will be offered on the following:

  • Wednesday September 14, at the Branford Visitor & Tourism Centre (399 Wayne Gretzky Pkwy), from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday September 14, at the Sherwood Restaurant (799 Colborne St) from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday October 19, at the Lorne Towers (24 Colborne St. West) from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday October 19 at the Brantford Public Library (173 Colborne St.) from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“This is about providing not just for seniors, but all ages in the community who may be vulnerable such as newcomers or those with special needs, with the information, resources and tools to be able to empower themselves”, said Lucy Marco, President of the Grand River Council on Aging. “You don’t know what you need to know until you have a need to know, and you need to know where to go to get the information you need to know – that’s what this Workshop is all about!”

Members of the public who wish to attend a free Workshop are encouraged to register by calling 519-759-3330 ext. 6852 or by email to dewykka@brantford.ca. Safe Brantford is a crime prevention initiative to develop programs that improve community safety. Community partners from health, educational, recreational and social services engage in long-term crime prevention planning and build public awareness about community safety and connectedness.

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Media Contact:

Maria Visocchi
Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Brantford
Brantford, Ontario
Office: 519.759.4150 Ext. 5754 | Cell: 519.732.9305
mvisocchi@brantford.ca