Supporting aging safely week

September 30th, 2014 by

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and Cornwall Council Road Safety are joining forces people in support of the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) Ageing Safely Week, taking place from 29 September to 05 October 2014.
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Throughout the UK, Fire and Rescue Services, in partnership with Road Safety Teams, are working to provide practical help and advice to older people and undertake targeted prevention and protection activities to help them to stay safe.

In Cornwall, experts will be attending flu jab clinics this week to highlight initiatives such as Driving Safer for Longer and the ongoing campaign to provide fire and carbon monoxide safety advice to those most at risk in the community.

As part of the initiative, older people are also being encouraged by the Safer Cornwall partnership to speak out if they feel that they are being treated in a way that causes them fear or alarm. David Parker, Community Safety Officer, comments: “We want everyone to feel valued, to celebrate diversity and to understand different people’s needs whatever their age. If you or an older person you know is being treated in a way that causes alarm or fear, this is called hate crime and should be reported either through the Police or Disability Cornwall who are acting as a third party reporting centre for Safer Cornwall.”

Tamsin Ferris, Road Safety Officer who will be providing information about the Driving Safer for Longer scheme, says: “In Cornwall older drivers are over represented in road casualties. For this reason the ‘Driving Safer for Longer’ scheme was set up which aims to provide information round any increased risk that older drivers may face and advice to assist them if they wish to continue to enjoy driving, while being aware of any adjustments they may need to make as they get older.”

Statistics show that the risk of dying in a fire, or being involved in a road traffic collision, increases greatly for those aged 65 and over. With an ever-increasing older population – 23% of the UK will be aged 65 and over by 2035 – activities to help older people prevent fires and keep themselves safe on the road are likely to form a growing part of partnership work over the coming years.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Crew Manager Mark Pratten comments: “UK fire services carried out 274,000 home fire safety checks in households with a person aged 65 or over last year. CFRS currently conduct over 5000 home fire safety visits to targeted groups across Cornwall. We also engage with older people through group visits to WI’s and Age UK day centres; working closely with Dementia Alliance and Memory cafes. We also provide fire and carbon monoxide safety awareness information at GP’s surgeries when they are conducting Flu jab clinics.”

For further information please contact Crew Manager Mark Pratten by emailing or telephoning 07817 865809.


Cornwall Best Bar None 2015 – How To Enter!!!

September 29th, 2014 by

BBN Launch 2015 Group Photo








Cornwall Best Bar None 2015

Application Forms.

All entries need to be submitted by October 15th.

All the details are on the forms.

If you are already CBBN accredited, please use the Abbreviated Application Form.
If you are NOT currently CBBN accredited, please use the Full Application Form.

Good luck to everyone taking part.

By doing this you are helping to raise the standards of the Cornish Licensed Trade, and promote the best of our  venues for locals and visitors.


Full Application Form: BBN-Full-Application-Kernow-2015-.doc (195 downloads)

Abbreviated Application Form: BBN-ABBREVIATED-APPLICATION-PACK-2015.doc (195 downloads)


A Third Of Hate Victims ‘Know Their Abusers’

September 26th, 2014 by

More than a third of hate crime victims know their abusers, a study has discovered.

University of Leicester researchers say they are shocked at the findings after the two-year study revealed 34% of 1,500 victims polled knew the offender as a neighbour, friend, work colleague or carer.

The study also found 87% of victims had suffered verbal abuse, while more than a third said this had been a routine occurrence and nearly a quarter went on to report it to the police.

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Examples of the abuse suffered included human excrement being posted through letter boxes, guide dogs being attacked and people being tipped out of their wheelchairs.

Dr Neil Chakraborti, the project’s principal investigator, said: “Local authorities and police forces have worked hard to raise awareness of hate crime and of support mechanisms in place.

“However, we found that many of the 4,000 community members we engaged with had never even heard of the term ‘hate crime’.

“Service providers must do more to treat victims with empathy, patience and humanity, to make reporting procedures more accessible, and to support victims from all sections of society.”

Jon Garland, a co-investigator on the project, believes there is a need to make sure that victims of hate crime are “treated appropriately and with care” by agencies that should be there to help them.


New refuge for male victims of domestic abuse in Cornwall

September 26th, 2014 by

Whilst there are around 4,000 dedicated spaces within refuges for women across the country there are only 33 spaces dedicated to male victims only (another 78 spaces available for either gender) (Women’s Aid – July 2013). The nearest male refuge to Cornwall is Weston Super Mare with the next nearest in Cardiff.
CWRT (Cornwall Women’s Refuge Trust) has been at the forefront of working with male victims of domestic abuse and violence in Cornwall over the last 5 years and the development of a male refuge has been the next step in developing this work.

Norda House
Norda House is a safe house located in mid-Cornwall for men fleeing domestic violence. It is a place where men can access emotional and practical support from staff who understand what they have been through.
Following the purchase of a building and a successful funding bid to The Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities programme, Norda House will be opening its doors to take referrals in early August 2014.
Norda House is a much needed resource for male victims of domestic violence, not just in Cornwall, but for the country.
What can Norda House offer male victims?
Accommodation: A safe place to stay in a friendly and safe environment, where men can feel at home. Each person will have their own bedroom with access to shared facilities, including a kitchen and communal lounge.
Support: When victims of domestic violence enter the refuge their self-esteem and confidence may be low due to the abuse and violence they have experienced. To meet their needs we offer support with emotional and practical issues they are facing.
Children: Dependent on availability it may be possible to accommodate victim’s children within the family room at Norda House. They will then have access to services available through the CWRT specialist children’s work.
Support for male victims in the community
As part of Norda House we have an outreach service especially for male victims. For male victims who do not require support within the refuge, but who are in need of some support, we will be able to offer support in the community.
‘Knowing how hard it was for me to find support after my break up, this is so needed.’
Male victim / CWRT client

To find out more information about how to access services at Norda House please contact


New initiative to combat thefts

September 26th, 2014 by

Police in Cornwall have been targeting thefts from vulnerable groups including the Blind and partially sighted with a recent initiative.
Thefts of purses and handbags can be a problem for certain groups of people who may be at heightened risk of becoming victims.
PCSO Mary Wells has worked with the Blind Club at Saltash and supplied specially designed alarm bells which unobtrusively attach to at risk items, and alert the owner in the event of any attempted interference.
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Community Safety Officer Sgt Jerry Mitchell said ‘ This is a real benefit to reducing the risk of harm to a vulnerable section of our community, we are committed to reducing offences against all members of the community and will be seeking to extend the project where possible’

Any enquiries please contact


Children Visible by Colour in Cornwall

September 22nd, 2014 by

Tues 21st and Thurs 23rd of October 2014


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 Suggestions for parents and carers raising BME and dual heritage children who are ‘visible by colour’.

 Kowetha is a pioneering community group of parents and carers living in the West of Cornwall who are raising BME and dual heritage children who are ‘visible by colour’.

The Kowetha Community group has written a handbook to support other families of diverse racial background, which is also valuable for teachers and practitioners. They would like to share their experiences and advice with you at these events. The handbook has been supported by Barnardo’s and considers the following:

  • How a child’s racial heritage influences their childhood experiences in Cornwall.
  • The importance of moving beyond ‘colour blindness’ and positively educating children in Cornish schools about racial diversity.
  • How schools and agencies might recognise and support the unique social pressures experienced by children who are visible by colour, thus meeting their duties under Ofsted.


Tues 21stOct  at   Heartlands, Camborne, TR15 3QY at 10:30 and again at 13:30.

Thurs 23rd Oct  at  Kingsley Village,       TR9 6NA      at 10:30 and again at 13:30.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

For booking please send to  Any queries please contact Ginnie Odetayo on 07921 331967.

Details required – Name, Agency, School/Parent, Contact Tel, Contact Email.

Please indicate on which day + time you would like to attend:




Clamping down on Loan Sharks in Cornwall

September 22nd, 2014 by

Loan sharks are people who lend money to others without authority (As opposed to legitimate companies with very high interest rates). They use intimidation and violence to make money out of vulnerable people. Safer Cornwall wants to help people avoid these unscrupulous individuals.

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A Loan Shark is someone who lends money without the appropriate licence issued by the Office of Fair Trading. Loan Sharks rarely, if ever, give any paperwork and if payments are missed they often use intimidation and violence to get money from their ‘clients’. The Illegal Money Lending Team is here to help. If you have any information, however small, on loan shark activities we can help.

  • Have you been offered a cash loan?
  • Have you been threatened when you couldn’t pay?
  • Has your bank card been taken from you as a security?
  • Does what you owe keep growing even though you are making payments?

If you can answer yes to any of the above then you may have been bitten by a loan shark. If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing any of the above or has any knowledge of loan shark activities then contact our team IN CONFIDENCE.

Loan sharks, may initially appear to be your ‘friends’ and even live near by. But they quickly turn to threatening and sometime violent behaviour when they are not  paid.

We know that loan sharks are currently operating in Cornwall, and we are joining together with our partners to help a national organisation to identify and prosecute the individuals concerned.

To do this we need to gather more intelligence and we need the help of partners, residents, people who have already borrowed money and are worried, and anyone who has information about the identity and activities of these individuals.

A key organisation helping us is Stop Loan Sharks who are an organisation that  has demonstrated best practice in tackling loan sharks in England, and they are now helping us in Cornwall.

If you have any information, you can contact Stop Loan Sharks on the links below, or call 0300 5552222


Safer Cornwall Taxi Awareness Campaign

September 4th, 2014 by

Throughout September the Safer Cornwall Partnership in conjunction with Cornwall Council Licensing Compliance and members of the taxi trade are working together to highlight the dangers of using illegal unlicensed ‘taxis’.

The campaign team will be attending student events at Saltash, Falmouth, Newquay, Stoke Climsland and Penryn, handing out leaflets and offering advice to young people.

Cornwall Council Licensing Compliance Manager Bob Mears said: “Through social media such as Twitter and Facebook, car owners are increasingly offering taxi services but without the necessary licence for themselves or Hackney Carriage or Private Hire licences.”

Steve Rowell Community Safety officer for West Cornwall said: “It is very important that we highlight the dangers of using unlicensed vehicles and drivers. The licensed drivers in particular go through very stringent scrutiny before they get their licence in terms of a group 2 medical and full CRB check.

If there is any doubt about their fitness to hold a licence they are required to appear before a Miscellaneous Licensing Committee who will examine the information placed before them to determine whether the applicants is a fit and proper person to hold such a licence.

There have been a number of cases in other parts of the country where unlicensed taxi drivers have been involved in nasty incidents including rape, assault and theft, which highlight the importance of ensuring that taxi drivers are suitably vetted through the licensing system.”

Bob Mears, Licensing Compliance Manager added, “All licensed vehicles are subject to serious scrutiny. Apart from an annual MOT, those vehicles over three years old are required to have an interim MOT every 6 months,
and are subject to joint agency inspections by the police, licensing and VOSA. Many of the unlicensed vehicles are not fit for purpose; are unroadworthy and are not covered by suitable insurance in the event of an accident.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said: “Both the Council and our professional taxi operators take their responsibility to deliver a safe service to the public very seriously and I would encourage everyone to make sure that they use a licensed vehicle when they require a taxi.”

The team will also be promoting alcohol awareness at these events and distributing leaflets and posters through local PubWatch and taxi forums.

If you require any information regarding either licensed taxis or obtaining a drivers or vehicle licence please contact Cornwall Council Licensing Service on 0300 1234.


Police and Crime Commissioner wants the public’s views on 101

September 2nd, 2014 by

Tony Hogg, Police & Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is asking for the views of members of the public on the 101 non-emergency police number. Below is a link where you can take part in the 101 consultation and provide your views.

Survey monkey 101 survey

Please note this consultation closes on Monday 8 September 2014.




Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their community safety work?

September 1st, 2014 by

If so, please nominate them for a Safer Cornwall community safety award!

Safer Cornwall has teamed up with the West Briton newspaper, and is supporting their community awards, with the addition of a ***new*** specific award for community safety.

Individuals or organisations who have made Cornwall a safer place to live work or visit  over the last year are all  eligible for nominations.

To nominate a person or organisation whose efforts you think are worthy of special recognition,  use this form on the West Briton Website.

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