Business Safety Week

November 27th, 2014 by

December 8th to 14th is Business Safety Week. The aim of the week is to promote effective management of fire safety in buildings used for commercial, voluntary groups and the community, and the focus of the week will centre on three key areas:

  • Fire Risk Management
  • Fire Risk Assessment
  • Business Continuity

Watch the video below from a business owner in St Austell on how Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service provided fire safety advice that helped them save money, and improve their fire safety management in their premises (a transcript of the video is available on request).

If you want more information or advice please contact us on:

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Risk Evaluation And Coordination Hub (REACH)

November 25th, 2014 by

On Wednesday 26 November 2014 the Cornwall ‘Risk Evaluation And Coordination Hub’ (REACH), will officially open. It will co-produce domestic abuse and drug and alcohol services from design through to delivery.


This year’s Safer Cornwall Strategic Assessment identifies domestic abuse and problem alcohol use as the highest risk for communities in Cornwall. There were approximately 8,500 domestic abuse incidents reported to police in 2013/14 whilst a national prevalence estimate would indicate 17,000 victims of abuse annually in Cornwall which evidences significant under-reporting.

Nearly 1,000 Night Time Economy violent incidents are alcohol related which impacts on Policing and our Health facilities such as Minor Injury Units and Emergency Departments. Long term, 25,400 people are drinking at higher risk levels, double the recommended safe level which will significantly impact health services in the future.

Michelle Davies, Safer Cornwall’s Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Strategy Manager said: “Safer Cornwall recognises that domestic abuse, sexual violence, alcohol and substance use and mental health are key issues for people’s well-being. Responding to these complex issues through a partnership approach is key for keeping people safe and well; REACH presents this very opportunity.

The co-location of partners from Police, Drug & Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) and Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Team and the new Community Rehabilitation Company will ensure we are thinking alignment from the planning stage whilst the co-location of operational partners such as the Family Intervention Project, WAVES (Counselling) and Twelves Company (IDVA Service) will enable operational alignment”.

Kim Hager, DAAT Manager “People rarely experience one problem alone and yet we have historically we have all worked with them separately. The national Troubled Families programme found families were often affected by 9 problems all together. In these times of public sector cuts, we have to address the priority issues of drugs, alcohol, domestic abuse and mental health where they occur together or in combination. In essence we are all committed, in a time of reducing resources, to deliver more and better for less and services that make real differences for the people of Cornwall”.

Phase one has been running since April whereby REACH has operated a domestic abuse advice line Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. The advice line is supported by an experienced team of domestic abuse workers to assist in enabling professionals to identify appropriate services for clients through risk assessment, safety planning and referral.

Reach is also providing general information, advice and support for individuals who want to learn more about our services or who want support for themselves, a friend, family member or colleague.

“I am whole-heartedly supportive of the innovation being displayed by the partners of Safer Cornwall” said Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Homes and Communities. “Responding to domestic abuse, problem alcohol use and mental health are common themes emerging from a range of services and we need to make sure that our response is the right response at the right time. I am hugely reassured that it is Safer Cornwall leading in this area of work and encouraged by the ambition to deliver more and better for our communities”


National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week- Day 2

November 25th, 2014 by

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Terrorists have previously targeted transport and transport hubs for violent attacks.
Security at airports, train stations, ports and other transport hubs has been increased but we want people to be vigilant and report potential threats.

This week, staff working in transport hubs will be trained to look out for suspicious behaviour and what they should do if an attack happens. There will be extra patrols, including armed officers.

The emergency services, military, government and transport operators all exercise together to ensure they are prepared for a rapid and effective response to a terrorist attack.

Communities can defeat terrorism.
Everyone has a role to play in helping prevent terrorism. You can do this by remaining vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity to the Police.

Suspicious activity can include:
Someone noticeably behaving differently for no obvious reason
Someone with a large number of mobile phones for no obvious reason
Someone with passports or other documents in different names for no obvious reason
Someone who travels for long periods of time but is vague about where they are going
Someone buying or storing large amounts of chemicals for no obvious reason
Someone taking an interest in security like cctv cameras for no obvious reason.

Don’t rely on others. If you suspect it, report it.
Contact the Anti Terrorist Hotline
0800 789 321


National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week – Day 1

November 24th, 2014 by

Nationally and here in Cornwall we are launching a national counter terrorism awareness week to encourage people to be vigilant and tell them about simple measures they can take to make it harder for terrorists to attack the UK.

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Following the increase of the international terrorism threat to severe, there is a heightened need to ensure that the UK is in the best position to deter and detect potential terrorist threats.

While the severe threat level indicates that it is highly likely that a terrorist attack could happen in the UK, there is currently no specific intelligence of a terrorist attack.

Everybody, from law enforcement, to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism.
Be vigilant. If you suspect it, report it. Nobody is better placed to detect something that is out of place in their communities than the people living in them.
We encourage people to report suspicious activity by calling the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

This week we are focusing on five key areas where action by the police, businesses and the public can prevent terrorism: crowded places, transport hubs, preventing violent extremism, terrorist financing, and the tools that terrorists need to operate.

To effectively combat the terrorism threat, law enforcement, businesses, government and the general public need to work together.
The public may notice an increase in patrols and activity of police, other law enforcement and security guards.

Terrorists have targeted busy, well-populated places to ensure that attacks have a maximum impact.
Businesses, particularly those in crowded places, have an invaluable role to play in our fight against terrorists, violent extremists and other criminals. Their staff are often the first people to spot signs that something is wrong.

This week we are training more people working in shopping centres, cinemas, sports facilities and other businesses to look out for suspicious behaviour and what they should do if an attack happens.

There are already good security measures in place to protect people:
Good levels of security with guards and door supervisors in crowded places to deter and detect opportunist and determined criminals and threats.
Emergency services and the military are prepared for a rapid and effective response to all threats, including terrorism.

For more information about National Counter Terrorism week in Corrnwall, Please contact:-
Steve Rowell Tel: 01736 336587 or


‘Last walk home’ campaign

November 21st, 2014 by

The aim of Last Walk Home 2014, is to help increase the visibility of pedestrians in key towns, at key times of day, in a bid to reduce pedestrian casualties and deaths. Evidence indicates that four geographic areas in Cornwall are at the highest risk; Newquay, St Austell, Camborne and Penzance. Each of these areas have been given 300 armbands and 1000 glowbands for distribution.

A second group of areas with a lower risk is Falmouth, Launceston, Redruth, Truro and Roseland. These areas have been given 1000 glowbands for distribution.

Local Fire crews, Police Officers, Street wardens and Street pastors are helping with their distribution

  ‘You are at risk of injury or death on the roads, particularly when under the influence of drink or drugs, and especially if wearing dark clothing. Wearing something bright on a moving limb improves your visibility and will help make you safer’.  








My Beautiful Cornish Brother

November 14th, 2014 by

by David Miners

When I was thinking about what to say today I thought about how my brother Chris would have reacted if he’d known what I was planning. “Dave,” he would have said “what the hell are you doing that for?” This reaction would have been driven by his innate sensitivity and modesty which always demanded “no fuss.” However, it would also have been influenced by his feelings about himself and how his life was viewed by others.

After his death I met up in a pub with two of his oldest school friends who work on the boats out of Newlyn. One of them made a very perceptive comment which they both vehemently agreed with. They felt that people with drug addiction problems are stigmatised like no other section of society and that others felt entitled to say the most derogatory things about them. When you consider what is said and written in the press, I believe this statement is true.  Slang words like “Junkie, crack head and derelict” are derogatory and de-humanising . The terms used by official agencies such as “offender” and “nominal” also de-humanise and entrench notions of difference and threat. Indeed the very idea of a “war on drugs” suggests that people with addictions are the “enemy.”

Well my dear brother was nobody’s enemy and was very much part of this community. One label he was very proud of was that of a born and bred Cornishman with both sides of the family having long Cornish histories. We often smiled together at the way everyone seems to strive for a Cornish identity now—it certainly wasn’t like that at our grammar school in the 1970’s.

When someone you love dies in the circumstances Chris died in, you are overwhelmed with memories, guilt, self-questioning and regrets. The things you did and experienced together flood back as do the key moments in your shared lives. Even more important than the memories of what you both did, is the common humanity you shared. With Chris, those moments where we understood each other’s sensitivity and awkwardness, felt each other’s vulnerability, shared humour simply through a glance or an expression and communicated love and genuine concern without fuss or even words are the moments I miss and long for.

Shame, guilt and fear are corrosive emotions. The labels applied are grossly inadequate to understand Chris’s humanity.  Many people here will understand when I say that despite his many struggles, he was loving and was loved. And it is always Chris’ humanity—his sensitivity, his care, his humour and his love, that I reflect on when I think of my beautiful Cornish brother.


West Briton Community awards

November 14th, 2014 by

Safer Cornwall has this year sponsored a new community safety category in the West Briton Community awards.  Advertisements for nominations appeared in the paper over the summer.  In the Safer Cornwall community safety category, the 3 shortlisted nominees were; the Phoenix project, Cath Hanrahan and Dina Holder from Twelves company. Twelves company run the IDVA service in Cornwall providing support to many victims of Domestic Abuse.

The Awards ceremony was held on the evening of November 13th, and a whole host of brilliant community support and help was described for the various categories. The winner for the Community Safety category was Cath Hanrahan – Well done Cath!

Cath Hanrahan


Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

November 11th, 2014 by

Earlier this year CLEAR were successful in gaining competed funds from the Ministry of Justice to scope the type of service to meet the needs of those at risk of or experiencing Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).  Cornwall has made a good start at developing a service through the Local Authority and Police with the Lead for CSE being delivered by Jacquie Woods, Nicky Cook – Safeguarding and Lead for Education and the Missing Person and Safeguarder, Matt Kingdom working closely together.  They have been delivering basic and advanced level training across Cornwall for Multi-agency groups.  However, it is recognised that Cornwall needs an enhanced service for this at risk group and CLEAR are taking the lead on the task of contrasting local need with national guidance around service delivery.  CLEAR have recruited Dr Maxine Tostevin, Clinical Psychologist to lead the project, supported by Amelia Scanlan, Youth Worker.


Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) can include many forms of exploitative relationships, including relationships that seem to be consensual.  It often involves the young person being given affection, accommodation, money or gifts, alcohol or drugs.  The exploitative situation limits the choices that the young person can make within their life and ultimately this abuse can be physically, socially and psychologically harmful.  Boys and young men can be exploited as much as girls and young women but the way in which the exploitation of boys and young men is uncovered is often different.  CSE is an issue that affects all children and young people, not just those that are vulnerable and already in abusive situations.

Locally we can benefit greatly from the good practice that is described nationally and also from the findings of Rotherham, Rochdale and Oxford.  CLEAR’s scoping project, known currently as ‘CLEAR and Secure’, will be talking with young people and their families, partner agencies and the statutory services about the local picture to inform the project.  Initial findings will be presented at CLEAR’s conference on 9th February 2015 and then a strategic project report will outline a proposed service delivery model specific to Cornwall towards the end of March, 2015.  If you would like to contribute information to the scoping project or find out more, please get in touch with:

Maxine Tostevin ( or;

Amelia Scanlan (

We would be pleased to hear from anybody wishing to contribute to the project.


Creating Restorative Justice for Cornwall

November 5th, 2014 by

Invitation to participate in a networking event





During International Restorative Justice Week 2014 (November 16-23), a number of RJ Events will take place across Europe. In Cornwall, RJ Working Community Interest Company will be the local organiser together with cube theatre; the event is sponsored by a Catalyst Award from the RSA, and hosted by The Poly in Falmouth. The theme of the RJ Networking Event will be how to share thinking about the future of RJ in Cornwall’s communities.

We will be meeting to engage as many communities as possible in a dialogue about promoting awareness of Restorative Justice in Cornwall. The Programme will start with the screenings of a number of short films, introducing or developing RJ from national and local perspectives. We will then move to a series of networking discussions with refreshments.

When? Friday 21st November 2.00 – 4pm.

Where? The Poly, 24 Church Street, Falmouth TR11 3EG. There are several car parks in the town.

Fee? The RJ Networking Event is free of charge, participants are asked to make a £1 donation to The Poly towards the cost of refreshments.

Registrations? Participants should register at:

More info? Please contact


Are you able to volunteer to help victims of Domestic Abuse?

November 5th, 2014 by


Interested in being a volunteer for the Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (IDVA) in Cornwall?






Twelves Company is currently looking to recruit Voluntary Intake workers, Administrators and Support Workers who will work closely with the REACH team in providing services to victims of domestic abuse county wide.

You would be joining a dedicated, enthusiastic and friendly team!

Volunteering-opportunities-with-REACH.pdf Volunteer-Role-Profile-Administrator.pdf Volunteer-Role-Profile-Intake-Worker.pdf Volunteer-Role-Profile-Support-Worker.pdf

If you are interested in volunteering then please contact Amy for more information on:
07733 249896 or

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