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Loan shark event helps Horsham victims bite back

An initiative to help victims of loan sharks bite back will be launched in Horsham later this month.
Local, independent charity Age UK Horsham District has teamed up with the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) to organise a community event to raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks.
The event, aimed at older residents and carers, will take place at Age UK Horsham District, Lavinia House, Dukes Square, Horsham, RH12 1GZ on Tuesday 12 February between 1pm and 4pm.
Residents are being invited to come along and meet Glenda the Lenda, the national anti-loan shark mascot while getting a range of help, support and advice.
The campaign has come about as partners are concerned that vulnerable members of the community are at risk of falling victim to a loan shark.
Sonia Mangan, Chief Executive Officer for Age UK Horsham District, said: “We are pleased to have been awarded proceeds of crime funding to deliver an information event and raise awareness of loan sharks in our community. The Stop Loan Sharks team will be joining us on the day to speak to residents about illegal money lending and how to get help if affected.”
The event will focus on: What a loan shark is, How to spot signs that someone is using a loan shark, and, importantly, What to do if you or someone you know needs help.
Sonia added: “Following the talk from the Illegal Money Lending Team we will also hear from our local Victim Support Officer, and our local PCSO will also be in attendance to chat with people. Please come along and join us, this really is an important topic that everyone needs to be aware of – of course to lighten things up there will be plenty of free tea and cake!”
2018 has been a very special year for Age UK Horsham District as the current charity team of staff and volunteers, representing a charity that has been working locally and supporting thousands of older people to love later life for 60 years, celebrated their 60th anniversary. During the year they; hosted 6 celebratory activities and 8 events for older people across Horsham District, they have had a promotional activity every week of the year and their team of staff, volunteers, Trustees, clients and community groups have hosted or supported 20 fundraising events and to date we have raised £63,149.
If you would like to attend this FREE event or find out more about how Age UK Horsham District could help you or someone you know, please contact them on 01403 260560, email info@ageukhorshamdistrict.org.uk or visit www.ageukhorshamdistrict.org.uk.
To report a loan shark, call the 24 hour helpline 0300 555 2222 or visit www.stoploansharks.co.uk.

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