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Open Day promotes healthy ageing in Wakefield!

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has joined forces with partners to promote fire safety and good health in the over 60s.

We are hosting a ‘Sloppy Slippers’ Open Day at Ossett Fire Station on March 3, where pensioners, their relatives and carers, can come and enjoy a cream tea and a chat with various service providers that offer support in the community.

The Open Day is being held in partnership with West Wakefield Health and Wellbeing, a federation of six GP practices working together as part of NHS England’s new care model, Multi Community Specialty Provider (MCP) ‘Vanguard’ programme.

It is also being supported by organisations ranging from Alzheimer’s UK and Age UK to Carers Wakefield, Trading Standards and West Yorkshire Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Activities on the day include:

  • A mobility assessment called the Gait Speed Test
  • Health screening from the Health Pod Team
  • Continence advice
  • A slipper exchange
  • Cream tea
  • Look around fire station/engine

WYFRS Wakefield District Commander, Tim Jones, said: “We are really pleased to be able to host this Vanguard partnership Open Day at our Ossett Fire Station.

“We have had an overwhelming interest from a range of our local partners to support the day in helping promote health, safety and wellbeing.

“We would encourage our local residents, family, friends and carers to attend to find out more about the range of health and wellbeing services on offer for older people in the community.

“Ossett Fire Station’s Red Watch and District Prevention staff will also be at hand to offer fire safety advice and support over a coffee and the opportunity to book a free Home Fire Safety Check.”
A Home Fire Safety Check allows people to get tailored advice on how to prevent fire breaking out in their home and planning an escape route should the worst happen. Firefighters will also fit free smoke detection where appropriate.

Sally Bell, Integration Lead for West Wakefield Health and Wellbeing, added: “The Multi-speciality Community Provider Vanguard is delighted to be working with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and other local partners to promote the safety and wellbeing of older people living in our local community.

“From our perspective, the event will offer the opportunity for older people, their relatives and carers to find out more about fall prevention, but there is also the chance to speak with experts from partner organisations about a range of issues.”

Event location and timings:

Ossett Fire Station, Dale Street, WF5 9HF

Thursday March 3, 10am – 4pm

Wheelchair accessible venue

West Wakefield and the MCP Vanguard

West Wakefield Health and Wellbeing are a federation of six GP practices working together within Wakefield District to provide improvements to patient care. In 2015, West Wakefield Health and Wellbeing were selected from amongst hundreds of other areas in the country to take part in NHS England’s new care model Multi Community Specialty Provider (MCP) ‘Vanguard’ programme. Working together with neighbouring GP practices, the group are leading on the development of new care models which could act as blueprints for future care delivery across the country.

One of the target areas of the MCP Vanguard is frailty. There are over 78,000 people over the age of 60 in the Wakefield area, which equates to 24% of the local population. People are living longer with an average projected life expectancy for local men and women at age 65 being 82 and 85 respectively. However, in 2012, people over 65 in Wakefield reported the 4th worst health related quality of life in the region, significantly below the national average.

In the last 2 years, only 9% of those eligible for an NHS health check have accessed this in primary care, whilst people over the age of 60 accounted for roughly 24% of A&E attendances.

Confirmed attendees: 

Age UK

Alzheimer’s Society

Carers Wakefield

Spectrum Community Health CIC

St George’s Community Centre – independent charity in Lupset

Trading Standards

Eden Mobility

Wakefield Continence Service

Wakefield District Housing and Care Link

Wakefield Handyperson Service


No parking outside the station

Local parking available in Ossett Town Centre

Designated drop off zone at Ossett Fire Station

Where required free transport is available to and from the event

Event/transport queries, call Luke Longmuir, Wakefield District Prevention Assistant on 07876 193577.