Seven Stars, Dinton
By Haddenham Webteam - 3rd August 2013 6:00am
Trading Standards estimate that rogue traders and scammers rip off law-abiding citizens to the tune of £6 billion per year, and the elderly and those living alone are particularly vulnerable.
It has therefore launched a new initiative, looking to recruit local volunteers to act as eyes and ears in Haddenham and other Buckinghamshire villages and towns.
As Chris Holden, Senior Trading Standards Officer for Buckinghamshire explains: "Given the population and demographic profile of Haddenham, we believe it is important for Trading Standards to engage with the village in a more consistent way — one that reflects the community's particular needs. We have come to the conclusion that he best way of understanding those needs and delivering a relevant service is through closer and regular contact with residents."
He continues: "Given current economic challenges, we do not have the staff and other resources to combat issues like rogue traders and other trading standards concerns as effectively as we would like, so we're inviting individuals to become Trading Standards 'Community Champions'."
This will be a voluntary role, acting to provide information gathering and dissemination, test purchasing and mystery shopping, and helping to provide basic information at community events in the village.
Chris Holden is keen to emphasise that Trading Standards is not looking for specialist skills or experience — just enthusiasm and a desire to make a difference, especially to the lives of the most vulnerable.
If you can offer some of your spare time and are looking to be involved in a varied and interesting role, while also contributing to the community of Haddenham, then please get in touch.
Chris can be contacted by telephone or email. Here are the details:
Tel: 01296 382 782 or 01296 382 649
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