Merton’s Older residents are invited to ‘Play it Safe’

Merton and Sutton Councils have teamed up with the Attic Theatre Company to give local elderly residents some important tips on home safety.

The comic and entertaining play, ‘Ma Kelly Plays it Safe’, has been held in community centres, church halls and pensioners’ clubs all over Merton and Sutton. The play tells the story of Ma Kelly, an elderly lady who lives on her own and is visited by the ghost of an old friend who points out the hazards in her home and ways in which she can make it a safer place.

The performances coincide with the re-launch of a new booklet, Safety in The Home’, produced by several community partners including the London Fire Brigade, MASCOT Careline, and MPAC (Merton Partnership against Crime). The booklet is packed with all the valuable advice that was given in the play, including how to avoid food poisoning, keeping fit, staying warm in winter, avoiding slips and trips, and getting a free smoke alarm fitted. A copy of the booklet can be obtained by calling CareConnect on 8545 4710 or from Merton Link at the Civic Centre

Amongst the audience at Age Concern’s Day Centre, was 72 year-old Maud Coleman from Mitcham. She said, “I very much enjoyed the play, but most of all it taught me important ways to take care of myself – I certainly won’t be lighting candles anymore!”