Some of the most vulnerable members of the North East community will now be better protected thanks to a new partnership between Changing Lives and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Changing Lives' Assistant Director, Anthony Fellows, and Health and Safety Officer, Danny Connolly, with representatives from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Changing Lives’ Assistant Director, Anthony Fellows, and Health and Safety Officer, Danny Connolly, with representatives from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

The new partnership will work with vulnerably housed people, who may have experienced homelessness in the past, once they move into their own home and are living independently.

New residents will be offered tailored home safety advice by fire service teams to ensure they are safe in their new homes.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will also provide fire safety talks for staff and clients who work in Changing Lives’ accommodation projects across the North East.

Changing Lives Assistant Director Anthony Fellows says:

“Changing Lives is delighted to work in partnership with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to help reduce the risk of fire or injury to our service users and staff.”

“I have no doubt that the home safety checks undertaken by TWFRS will enable our residents to be safer from the risk of fire in their homes and contribute to safe communities.”

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, adds:

“One of our main priorities in creating the safest community is protecting those who are most vulnerable, so I am pleased that we have forged this partnership with Changing Lives.”

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service offers free home safety checks to people who are more vulnerable to having a fire, as well as to those who have had a fire. This includes checking that people have working smoke alarms, that they are in the right place and fitting smoke alarms if required.

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