Glossop cadets team up to host community day at Glossop’s Cornmill House

Current and prospective residents from sheltered housing provider Stonewater’s Cornmill House in Glossop, have picked up advice on everything from personal safety to keeping fit thanks to local cadets.

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Daniel Cairns and Jodie Overbury from the Glossop cadet scheme teamed up with volunteer Katie Robinson to plan, organise, and run a community information day at the supported independent living scheme for over 55s on King Edward Avenue, Glossop. The five-storey, mostly one-bedroom apartment complex is one of 65 specialist homes owned and operated by Stonewater.

The group worked alongside PCSO Jack Barlow, who mentors the cadets, and Susan Hoolahan, Stonewater Retirement Living Officer, to host the day which took place on Thursday, August 18.

Police Cadet Jodie Overbury said: “The information day was all about bringing services and support groups to one place where residents, who may find it difficult to get out and about, could pick up information and advice on a range of topics.”
The event saw community officers from Derbyshire Constabulary, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, and East Midlands Ambulance Service visiting Cornmill House to chat to residents about protecting themselves from the risk of crime and fire, along with personal health advice.

Representatives from Deaf and Hearing Support, Alzheimer’s Society, Healthwatch Derbyshire, Well Fit, and Wiltshire Farm Foods also supported the day, offering advice from health and support to keeping fit.

PCSO Jack Barlow, who mentors the Glossop police cadets, said: “Katie, Jodie, and Daniel carried out work experience last month and gave a personal safety talk to residents at Cornmill House, that’s where it all started really.

“The group have been fantastic and have put in all of the foundations needed to organise the open day. From creating flyers, meeting with staff at Cornmill House, to heading out into the town and inviting local businesses. The information day was a great success and we are now looking to roll our similar community support days across the division.”
Katie Robinson, who helped organise and run the day, added: “I did a week of volunteering with the police which I really enjoyed and as part of that we organised the Cornmill House open day. It has been brilliant and I am so pleased that we had the support from local services and businesses.”

Derbyshire Constabulary’s cadets scheme is open to youngsters aged between 13 and 18 and aims to promote an understanding of policing amongst young people. It also aims to encourage a spirit of adventure and good citizenship, to support local policing priorities through volunteer activities, and to inspire young people to have a positive impact on their communities.

Susan Hoolahan, Stonewater’s Retirement Living Officer said: “We’re delighted with the success of the open day at Cornmill House which was really well attended and provided a wonderful opportunity for us and our partners to tell people about some of the great support services available to residents.

“As a result of the event, we are also looking forward to working with Well Fit, one of the day's exhibitors, who provide singing and walking activities to improve the health and wellbeing of older people.”