Vital power of attorney seminar

THERE are times when difficult decisions have to be made about other people’s lives and around 90 delegates learned about “Lasting Power of Attorney” at a South Ockendon conference.

Lasting Power of Attorney allows people to appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf and is usually used when someone is unable to make their own decisions.

There are 2 types – health and welfare, and property and financial affairs.

Graham Carey, the independent chair of the Safeguarding Adults Board, Thurrock wanted to improve knowledge, understanding and take up of these powers.

He asked the Office of Public Guardian (OPG) to help and a training event was held at the Culver Centre, South Ockendon on Friday (25 January).

This was the first time the OPG had engaged with the public in this way and Martin Keeves, senior relationship manager and Andrew Parker, stakeholder communication team delivered two half-day workshops.

The Office of the Public Guardian are agents of the Ministry of Justice who support and promotes decision-making for those who lack capacity or would like to plan for their future.

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