Scams and Frauds Education for Residents

West Yorkshire Trading Standards would like to tell you about the fantastic, cost free SCAMS AND FRAUDS EDUCATION FOR RESIDENTS workshops they are still delivering via Zoom across West Yorkshire.

With only 5 months left of the project they are hoping to reach as many residents and partners as possible.

Workshops can be tailored to requirements and are suitable for ages 12+.

Scam attempts are increasing and now due to the Covid19 pandemic they’ve also taken on a new disguise.

The workshops are delivered to groups that come together on a regular basis.    Types of groups they have recently delivered their courses to have been (but not limited to), loneliness outreach, Dementia Carers, Community Volunteers, Charity staff and groups with learning difficulties.

The workshops are booked usually by the group organisers by contacting a member of the SAFER team who then attends to deliver the information.

Currently due to lockdown they are delivering these using online platform such as Zoom.  Whereas Pre-covid they used to attend community hubs and deliver this face to face.

The courses they deliver include –

 

SCAMS & FRAUDS WORKSHOP 1hr

Aim: To make residents aware of the most common types of scams and frauds in circulation, how to avoid them and where to report them to.

Content: An Interactive workshop focusing on the most common scams in circulation covering social media, online, phone, text, email and postal scams. We shine a light on scam tactics and share tips on how to protect yourself and others.

DOORSTEP CRIME WORKSHOP 1hr

Aim: To give residents key advice and top tips on dealing with rogue traders, distraction burglary, and bogus callers.

Content: An Interactive workshop with varying doorstep scenarios identifying simple key strategies for dealing with bogus callers, rogue traders and other unwanted callers.  Also includes information about Cold Calling Control Zones.

CONSUMER SAVVY WORKSHOP 1hr

Aim: To give residents key advice and top tips on how to spot counterfeit and unsafe goods and we explore the risks, dangers and consequences of the fake market.

Content: Can you spot a fake? An Interactive workshop exploring the counterfeit market, helping participants make informed choices when purchasing goods.  We also look at some of the risks, dangers and consequences of the fake market.

SAVVY SAVINGS WORKSHOP 1hr

Aim: To enhance residents key skills for budgeting, providing money saving tips and how to avoid high cost credit.  We explain APR and compare loans as well as provide information about how to live healthily on a budget.

Content: The session is fun and interactive, allowing participants to share their cost savings tips, we explain APR, compare the costs of food brands and also explain loan shark activity and money muling.

ENERGY SAVVY WORKSHOP 1hr

Aim: To encourage residents to think about their energy usage, how to try and reduce their monthly bills and practical tips on how to look for the best genuine deals on the market.

Content: An Interactive myth busting ‘True or False’ challenge looking at energy wastage and
appliances, as well as practical energy and money saving tips.

PARTNER TRAINING 2hrs (can be split into 2 x 1hr sessions)

Aim: To educate professionals to spot the signs that a person maybe the victim of a scam, where to signpost, how to safeguard and work in partnership with West Yorkshire Trading Standards.  This training session will provide you with information that you can apply to both your Professional and Personal lives.

Content: Explaining different types of scams,  tell-tale signs that a person may be a victim of a scam, tactics used by cold-callers (over the phone and on your doorstep), how to safeguard victims, how West Yorkshire Trading Standards can help, further action to safeguard residents in your locality.

Workshops and training are currently being delivered live and online and can be booked as a one off or a series.  The same workshops can be delivered more than once to different groups and evening workshops can be accommodated.  Workshop/ Training settings are informal to encourage conversation and questions between participants.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards logo 422x154If you would like to discuss this or arrange workshops please do not hesitate to contact West Yorkshire Trading Standards.

Continual Improvement and Projects

Combined Minds PresentingCombined Minds is a Continual Improvement and Project Consultancy service in West Yorkshire, helping SMEs that are looking to take the first steps towards a vastly improved business operation.

Chris from Combined Minds is putting on 3 free webinars, to help you continually improve your business and effectively run projects.

Through the use of proven development programmes, coaching and mentoring, plus ongoing support, Combined Minds will help you to improve business processes, efficiency and standards, in a practical and achievable way, leaving you with the tools, techniques and templates to sustain the improvements.

When these basics are established, we work on lean principles, implementing relevant practices and procedures to make companies more and more flexible, adaptable and efficient. At the highest level, we support our partners to achieve Higher Performing Teams and fully autonomous workforce, achieving the gold standard in business processes and results. Coupled with our bespoke consultation, this positions our partners to out-compete the leaders in any market or business sphere.

What can you expect from a partnership with Combined Minds:

  • More successful process and project outcomes
  • Service improvement
  • Better communication and collaboration at all levels.
  • Improved bottom line
  • A prioritised and achievable action plan
  • Coaching and Mentoring Support
  • Supply chain synchronisation
  • More efficient use of time, capital and other resources.
  • Improved productivity
  • Cost and time savings
  • High returns on investment

Combined MindsCombined Minds was founded in 2019 by Chris Parker after he had worked for fifteen years in operations management for a market leading Fortune 500 company. He is a trained practitioner in the project methodologies of Prince2 and Agile, and also Continual Improvement Methodologies such as Kaizen, Lean and 6 Sigma. Combine these methodologies with Chris’ wealth of operational management experience, plus your own competencies, and you have a recipe for success that can be adapted to suit any situation.

The online events that Combined Minds are hosting can be found here –

Problem Solving Bitesize Workshop

Process, Procedure and Workflow Bitesize Workshop

Communication Bitesize Workshop

 

If you would like to contact Chris from Combined Minds, his details can be found on his directory listing –

Combined Minds Ltd

Denby Dale co-working and meeting space now open

Your local co-working and meeting space in Denby Dale is now open.

Jayne Adamson creator of the Flex CollectiveThe Flex Collective was set up by Jayne Adamson who had been working at home since starting her marketing business (she helps product led businesses with their strategy and marketing) in February 2019.

She decided that working from home all the time was not good for her, she found it lonely and missed collaborating with her ex colleagues, customers and suppliers.

Well many of us have had a taste of that now and there are not a lot of people who have actually enjoyed working from home for the last 4 months, whilst home schooling kids or with the other half under the feet or maybe just being alone all that time.

Yes, many of us have discovered the power of the online video meeting even for our social lives as well as work but let’s be honest, we are so over that aren’t we?

The fact remains that nothing can beat being around people, the banter, having someone make you a brew and generally just being somewhere other than your own house.

As pubs and restaurants reopen and people get back to some sort of normality, the government are set to change the ‘work from home’ advice that they have been dishing out since March and are now saying we can go to work.

It still remains to be seen whether employers will force their employees to go to the office (yes, by law they can do this), or whether they will be open to more flexible arrangements, or even will tell their employees to carry on working from home for the foreseeable future.

If you are one of those being told to continue to work from home or you are your own employer and you can do what the hell you like then it may be time to consider visiting The Flex Collective to chat about the co-working space.

It is a friendly, comfortable and fully equipped office where you can chat with like minded people whilst cracking on with your work without the distractions that we have all had to put up with the last few months.

And best of all, you can try it out for free for a day, see if you like it.

If you want to book a free day you can do that here http://theflexcollective.co.uk/make-a-booking/ using code ONEDAYFREE. Jayne would be happy to welcome you and show you around.

The space works on a flexible membership basis where you can sign up for 5, 10 or 15 days a month or you can just pay as you go, the more you go the more you save. Details of pricing for all the services can be found on the website here http://theflexcollective.co.uk/pricing/

Over the last few weeks they have had quite a few people trying out the space and all have said they will be back once they can properly get their lives back, so that is looking like it will be September time as many still have childcare issues and many are just not ready to come out of their homes yet. However, over the next month or so hopefully people will grow in confidence and we can all get back to work properly (whatever properly means!)

Flex Collective workshop

As well as the space for co-working there is also a large meeting room which can be hired out by the hour, half day or full day for private meetings, training workshops and networking events, whatever you need it for really.

There have been a couple of workshops run in this space already with very limited numbers so that they could maintain a social distance but both were really well received and there will be more to come.

Amongst others there will be another wordpress workshop for those of us with wordpress sites that we don’t know how to update, a social media strategy workshop to help local businesses define what their strategy should be and how to reach their target customer and also a facebook ads workshop.

If you have any suggestions of something you would like to see then just pop an email to jayne@theflexcollective.co.uk who will be very open to discussing any ideas with you.

Jayne really wants The Flex Collective to be a place where our community can collaborate and support each other so that we can all see each other, and therefore the HD8 area thrive in the long term.

You can follow The Flex Collective on

Facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/The-Flex-Collective

Instagram here – https://www.instagram.com/theflexcollective/

or on Linkedin here – https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflexcollective 

 

Or visit the Flex Collective’s listing on our directory 

The Flex Collective