Glenrothes residents welcome personal safety move

Peter Scobie  with the alarms. (Pic Steve Brown)

Peter Scobie with the alarms. (Pic Steve Brown)

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A community group in Glenrothes has used its own funds to launch a major new initiative to help the elderly and vulnerable feel safer.

Pitteuchar, Stenton and Finglassie Community Council (PSFCC) has purchased 150 personal assistance alarms and is now distributing them free to elderly and disabled residents in the area.

The alarms, which cost around £330, were paid for with the help of a grant and group funds and is the latest in a series of initiatives carried out in the area in recent months.

Chairman Peter Scobie told the Gazette the move had been warmly welcomed by the first recipients.

He explained, “These are not just alarms that will assist if someone is attacked. They are multi-functional.

“There are a growing number of elderly within our community and these alarms can also be triggered as a call for assistance.

“For example, if they have had a fall or have become unwell.”

The council has also embarked on an drive to make more residents aware of a new ‘In Case of Emergency’ (ICE) programme that enables first responders, such as paramedics, firefighters and police, as well as hospital personnel, to contact the next of kin of the owner of a mobile phone which has ICE on it to obtain important medical or support information.

Anyone wishing to receive a free personal assistance alarm, which can be delivered to anyone who is over 60 or disabled, can do so by contacting Peter on (01592) 772025 or emailing psfcc-1@yhotmail.co.uk.