Association wins crime-prevention grant

The Yorkshire Housing project is aimed at supporting vulnerable adults in places of disadvantage.


Vulnerable adults are to benefit from crime-prevention measures thanks a new project involving Yorkshire Housing.

The housing association’s Sheffield-based Home Improvement Agency (HIA) recently won a £5,000 grant from the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

The grant is due to fund security measures inside and outside people’s homes – including window alarms, window locks, and additional security locks for doors.

The scheme is aimed at vulnerable adults in areas of ‘disadvantage’ in Rotherham, Barnsley, and Sheffield, which are affected by crimes such as burglary.

People aged 60 and over are the main focus, but HIA staff will also work with police to identify vulnerable people based on circumstances rather than age, illness or disability.

Layla Walton, South HIA and internal adaptations manager, said: “Our client group encompasses elderly people and those who are disabled or vulnerable.

“As a result, the HIA team come across clients daily that live in fear of, and may be at risk of, burglary, all due to a lack of security measures in their homes.”

The HIA has also worked on three similar police-funded schemes – with the latest project beginning this summer and set to continue until April next year.

Other current schemes include promoting smart-meter use among the over-65s and a domestic violence project.

Walton added: “The project will address the number of vulnerable people who are targeted by criminals for theft, burglaries, distraction burglaries, and bogus callers through the supply and installation of the required security measures.

“The impact that our services have on people’s lives are invaluable to both the individual and the families of that individual.

“We’re devoted to helping people live independently and comfortably in their own homes, and in a way, that keeps their dignity.”