Six more Safer Towns launched across Cornwall to tackle community safety

April 10th, 2018 by

The Safer Towns scheme is set to be extended across six more towns in Cornwall to improve community safety.

The four Safer Towns partnerships already in existence – St Austell, Newquay, Truro and Penzance – will be complemented by Falmouth, Bodmin, Camborne, Redruth, Liskeard and Saltash from April. So far in 2017/18, the Partnership has co-ordinated effective multi-disciplinary operations in Truro, Newquay, St Austell and Penzance responding to specific community problems. These responses have provided a balance of enforcement to address immediate crime and safety concerns, and provided targeted and intensive support to individuals with the aim of achieving longer term, sustainable positive outcomes.

The Safer Towns will be accountable to the Safer Cornwall Partnership. Safer Cornwall is a partnership of public, voluntary, community and private organisations who come together to do all that they can to make Cornwall’s communities safer. They are a virtual organisation providing a co-ordinated response to community safety issues, drawing together all those organisations and people that can make a difference.

The Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has committed £50,000 to kick start the extended programme, with the funding used to target crime and disorder issues in each town.

Organisations in towns where the model is already operating work in partnership with each other to improve community safety and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. Persistent problem places and people are targeted, with initiatives put in place to work with communities, partners and the business and voluntary sectors to develop sustainable solutions.

The work in each Safer Town is designed to match the needs of each community and will be based on local town profiles.

 

Town profiles are on our Library – Strategies and Evidence page

 

Over the next ten days, each town will have a launch event to raise awareness and demonstrate to the community that partner agencies are committed to tackling local issues.

Events range from leaflet drops and walkabouts, which give residents and businesses the chance to voice their concerns and influence what changes they would like made, through to town workshops to identify local priorities and actions.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods Sue James said: “In Cornwall we have lower levels of crime so it is generally a safe place to live. However, we know different communities have their own specific concerns that make them feel unsafe. We are keen to work with communities to tackle anti-social behaviour and community safety issues worrying them so as to stop them from escalating and affecting the quality of people’s lives. I want the partnerships to make a real difference in each of the towns being targeted for improvement.”

Cornwall Council’s 2017 resident survey found 86% of people who responded to the survey said they felt safe outside in their local area during the day, and 64% after dark. Twenty percent of respondents reported they felt unsafe after dark.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said: “I applaud the community safety partnership and its partnership approach to deal with community safety based issues relating to street drinking and drugs and street attachment,”.

“A significant amount of work has already gone on in St Austell, Newquay, Penzance and Truro involving agencies, town councils and businesses and I am encouraged by the way businesses and charitable groups have joined statutory partners to find solutions.

“I hope the money I am giving will be used by each group to aid practical initiatives and innovation.”

“This investment is focused on particular towns but its benefit will be felt throughout Cornwall.”

Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker, Chair of Safer Cornwall and Director of Resilient Cornwall said, “Safer Towns are a fantastic example of communities working together to make Cornwall safer; where residents influence the focus of activities in the place that is important to them. We really welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner’s support and continued recognition of the partnership approach in Cornwall”.

Police Commander for Cornwall Chief Superintendent Jim Pearce, said: ”Safer Towns reflects Devon and Cornwall Police’s ethos in putting people and places at the heart of all what we do. We are already beginning to realise the benefits that working together, the public sector with the communities and residents, have achieved in existing Safer Towns like Newquay. We are fully committed to supporting the new Safer Towns”.

Visit our Safer Town pages

 

If you would like to be part of your local Safer Town initiative or want to find out more please email communitysafety@cornwall.gov.uk

 

 

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Drug and alcohol services for adults and young people

April 10th, 2018 by

Addaction to continue to deliver Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly community drug and alcohol services for adults and young people

Addaction is to continue delivery of alcohol and drug services across Cornwall for the next five years.

The national charity has been delivering the services in the county for the past five years to both adults and young people, and has been successful in retaining the contract with Cornwall Council.

The budget for alcohol and drug treatment reduces by £120,000 in 18/19 and to a total of £451,000 by March 2020, so we are pleased that we had a high quality successful bid to deliver these services to Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.

Addaction has bases in Redruth, Penzance, St Austell, Liskeard, Bodmin and Truro – where the YZUP service is also based.

The charity provides free, confidential and non-judgmental support to anyone affected by their own or someone else’s alcohol or drug use.

Associate director James Sainsbury said: “We’re delighted to continue our work in Cornwall and I want to congratulate the whole team on our excellent work.”

During the past five years, Addaction Cornwall and Isles of Scilly has supported 6,047 different adults and is currently treating 1,899 adults in the county.

Addaction has also been successful in securing funding of £780,000 from the Government’s Life Chances Fund to set up a project in Cornwall to cut the number of people frequently attending the hospital A&E departments due to alcohol or drugs.

Known as ‘frequent attenders’, there is a group of people who take up a disproportionate amount of time, resources and finances for hospital A&E departments because of their regular attendance due to alcohol or drug use.

Addaction will be using a combination of assertive outreach, high intensity work and partnership work to get this group to address their use and attend less.

“Around 35% of A&E admissions are down to alcohol and by tackling the frequent attenders we can help the hospital free up their resources to help others. The work will involve linking in with people from housing, the police, the council and other professionals to make sure we’re addressing all their needs and issues at once,” said James Sainsbury.

The project will be launched thanks to the Life Chances grant which is used to set up a social impact bond that will continue to fund the project outcomes. To date Addaction has been awarded the largest contribution for it from Life Chances.

Addaction is the first substance misuse charity in the UK to run a social impact bond and the Cornwall project will be watched with interest by officials and researchers to see if it will work elsewhere in the country.

A pilot project has been running in Treliske A&E and it will officially launch with an extended service from April 1st.

James Sainsbury said: “No service in the UK has been able to fully address the issue of frequent attenders before. We’re hopeful this innovative approach will significantly improve the lives of this group of people and give a new way forward for other services across the country.”

Minister for sport and civil society, Tracey Crouch, said: ‘This funding will benefit some of the most vulnerable people in society and provide vital support to help them transform their lives.

‘The UK is a world leader in using social impact bonds to make a positive impact in society and these projects will achieve real results in communities across the country.’

The Government Outcomes Laboratory (GoLab) based at Oxford University will be monitoring the effectiveness of this project as a funding model for care services.

To find out more about Addaction visit www.addaction.org.uk where you can also access a free, confidential web chat facility.

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The Time Credits

April 10th, 2018 by

The Time Credits model is very simple: for every hour that an individual gives to their community or service, they earn one ‘Time Credit’. People can spend Time Credits to access events, training and leisure activities provided by public, community and private organisations, or to thank others in turn. To date, over 35,000 people have earned almost half a million Time Credits across England and Wales. The Time Credits currency is a powerful tool for encouraging more active engagement in local services and community groups, and building an individual’s social or support network.

Embedding Time Credits in substance use and recovery services has been a successful development in both England and Wales.  The Time Credits are used as the catalyst for an asset based approach to support planning and service design, and enable the development of co-produced services where clients take an active rather than passive role.

How do Time Credits work?

 

There are a huge variety of skills, experience and resources in communities that can be forgotten or go unrecognised, and Time Credits believe taking these as a starting point for any service or activity can be the most effective way of tackling community challenges. Time Credits start by mapping local assets with local people and identifying what exists in communities that can be built on, developed or brought together in new ways. Time Credits build on people’s interests, skills and experiences, combined with local physical assets and resources, to develop and improve community and public services.

There are currently over 600 spend opportunities nationwide. These spend partnerships facilitate access to opportunities that are often inaccessible to vulnerable adults with complex conditions and often low incomes. This access stimulates habitual change and helps develop personal assets further. Many positive impacts from spending Time Credits come from engaging in health or wellbeing activity, or adult education opportunities. However another key impact, particularly where we work with more vulnerable and isolated individuals, is a reduction in anxiety and increased confidence and awareness of the community assets available to them.

 

Time Credits in Cornwall

 

Time Credits Cornwall is a joint project between CC Transformation Challenge Award that is now operational within the DAAT and community partner agencies. The project is managed by Beth Ward who has a base at both DAAT in Threemilestones and Job Centre Plus in Penzance, enabling her to split her time between the two areas. The partnership managers, Helen Smith and Kelly Taylor share the role of building the spend network, identifying potential partnerships from feedback received through workshops and discussions with our local groups and members.

A key aspect of the Time Credit programmes is creating a local Time Credits identity. Co-design sessions involving DAAT, local services and service users helped create a bespoke note, reflecting the local identity of Cornwall. The back of every note is the same so that individuals are able to spend their Time Credits across the national network of partners. This aspect of Time Credits enables participants to use Time Credits outside their own area, for trips or family outings, and feel part of a wider national cohort of Time Credits members.

Time Credits are excited to already be working with Addaction, YMCA Cornwall, Bosence Farm, Who Dares Works, Trengweath, Job Centre Plus and Homegroup and will be looking to develop further relationships and spend/earn opportunities with local groups and services as the project develops. A launch event for Time Credits at Homegroup is being held on April 20th at YMCA Cornwall. We plan to host a range of earn and spend opportunities, including an asset mapping session with volunteers and residents followed by circuit training sessions organised by local social enterprise, The Ark CIC.

Time Credits are initially focusing on Drug and Alcohol and Homelessness Services in Penzance but will be moving into other substance use services in Cornwall, and eventually into other thematic settings supporting vulnerable adults.

In addition to the implementation of Time Credits, Time Credits have a range of training and supporting resources that have been tried and tested in community and health and care settings, to enable organisations to develop and embed asset based ways of working. They will be facilitating training sessions starting in the next quarter, for staff, volunteers and community members in voluntary organisations, statutory services and community groups in Cornwall and you are invited to attend. Further details will be circulated by DAAT once dates have been confirmed.

If you wish to find out more, please feel free to get in touch:

Beth Ward | 07578181277 | bethanyward@justaddspice.org

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Fire and road safety annual evidence report now available

April 10th, 2018 by

Our new Risk Based Evidence Profile 2018 is now available. It highlights our two highest risk priorities for prevention activities which are: accidental dwelling fires and road traffic collisions.

The document includes the latest research and analysis about fires and road safety, such as, new evidence from the Home Office shows that while the number of fires has fallen nationally the number of people aged 65 and over killed in a fire has risen by 22% between 2014/15 and 2016/17.

To read the full report or find out more fire and road safety facts about Cornwall please visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/rbep  A key messages paper is also available on the website which summarises these findings.

Did you know?

Facts about road safety

  • On average there are 24 collisions on roads in Cornwall each week involving an injury.
  • Evidence shows that most of the factors contributing to collisions in Cornwall are related to driver error.
  • The five high risk driving behaviours in Cornwall are:
  1. Failing to look properly
  2. Failed to judge other person’s speed or path
  3. Speeding
  4. Careless/ reckless/in a hurry
  5. Loss of control
  • Motorcycles make up less than 1% of traffic, but are involved in more than 15% of injury collisions.
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Don’t Drink and Drown

April 2nd, 2018 by

Falmouth Blue Watch, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service in collaboration Devon & Cornwall Police and partners launched the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ campaign on 6th December 2017 in Falmouth at the Custom House Quay.  Don’t Drink and Drown is a national campaign that warns drinkers to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol.  The campaign was launched following a string of tragic student drownings and supported by Falmouth safety campaigner Paige Winsper whose brother Josh drowned after her fell into a harbour following a night out.

The campaign was supported by Cornwall Fire, Rescue & Community Safety Service, Devon & Cornwall Police, RLSS, Falmouth RNLI, the Marine Coastguard, Cornwall Search and Rescue and the Falmouth Harbour Commissioner to raise awareness of the dangers of being under the influence of alcohol when near water and to train staff to recognise the signs, encourage safer behaviour around the quay side and what to do in an emergency if someone enters the water.

Falmouth is a thriving student town which hosts waterfront and quayside pubs including the Chain Locker, Quayside, Stable, Warehouse, The Front, retail establishment Trago Mills and the Harbour Commissioner.  In total 18 staff from local businesses and 16 from partner agencies were trained by an RNLI Line Rescue Instructor in the safe use of throw lines should they be required in an emergency in a bid to reduce the number of alcohol related drowning deaths.

We worked with the establishments to raise awareness:

• All bar staff from each venue wore lanyards and had wristbands and T-Shirts to reiterate the ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ message talking to drinkers to remind them of the risks of going near water after consuming alcohol.

• Don’t Drink and Drown posters were displayed on that back of all bathroom doors in the bars located at the waterfront and quayside displaying.

• Drinkers were encouraged to take Don’t Drink and Drown merchandised selfies to share the messages on social media.

• The management from every venue and resolve security signed the pledge to support the campaign.

• We encouraged the University to display posters on campus, played the Don’t Drink and Drown film and shared information on social media throughout the campaign.

·         Using a social media platform to promote the campaign provided the opportunity to communicate our safety messages to our audience in an innovative approach.

• Information handouts in Falmouth

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Penzance Green Watch distribute homeless welfare packs to rough sleepers in Penzance

March 31st, 2018 by

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service have engaged with a local homeless charity, Breadline, for the second year running with the aim of increasing the welfare and safety of rough sleepers in Penzance. The Breadline Centre is managed by St Petroc’s Society, undertaking valuable work with homeless and unemployed people, providing practical advice and support.

Due to the success of the initiative when it was run previously, where 30 welfare packs were circulated, funding has been secured for a further 20 welfare packs which were distributed in partnership with Breadline during February 2018.

Whilst progress has been made to reduce the number of rough sleepers in Cornwall we still need to do more and support people in often challenging circumstances. Initiatives such as this provide a wonderful opportunity to engage with our homeless communities, to understand their needs and to support them into appropriate housing where required. In a bid to help those in their local town, the partnership distributed welfare packs, consisting of a sleeping bag, roll mat, a rechargeable lantern and a hygiene pack containing a toothbrush, toothpaste and wet wipes, distributed to the rough sleepers in Penzance.

Information regarding the dangers of carbon monoxide and fire safety advice was also distributed; rechargeable lanterns were given out in a bid to discourage the use of tea lights as a source of lighting in tents, which poses a major fire risk. Rough sleepers have been encouraged to visit Breadline to recharge their lanterns for free, providing an opportunity for regular contact with the Charity.

Dave Brown Manager of Resettlement Services, Saint Petroc’s Society says:

Watch Manager Matt Worthington says: ‘Through our engagement and partnership work with Breadline, we thought we would use this opportunity to provide vulnerable people with information and advice, as well as the welfare packs, to increase their safety and wellbeing.’

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St Austell Green Watch Cycling Awareness event

March 30th, 2018 by

Pedal cyclists have been identified as a priority road user group both nationally and in Cornwall due to an increase in numbers of people cycling on the roads and the fact that they are vulnerable to injury: like motorcyclists and pedestrians, if they involved in a collision the chances of being injured is much higher than those in enclosed vehicles.

On Saturday the 24th February, Green Watch at St Austell Community Fire Station held a cycling awareness event at Halfords in St Austell to engage with drivers and cyclists to raise awareness of cyclist safety, focusing on the correct passing distances for vehicles overtaking cyclists.  Cyclists should be positioned 0.75metres from the kerb in order for them to avoid pot holes and drain covers, mud, puddles and being injured if a car door opened in front of them. For vehicles passing the cyclists they should allow at least 1.5m of space just in case the cyclists swerve out into the road to avoid a hazard or is blown by the wind unexpectedly.

Drivers were encouraged to look out for cyclists when driving on the road and give them plenty of space when overtaking,  cyclists were informed to ride defensively and be more visible on the road.  Visibility was a key topic where the Watch tested everyone’s understanding of the potentially short distances of seeing cyclists at night with no lights. Driving at 30mph at night a driver should expect to see a cyclist with dark clothing on when they were just 2 metres away which is a split second reaction time. With a cyclist in a white jacket this extends to only 30metres and a few seconds. But with a Hi-Viz jacket on this jumps to 100metres, making a dramatic improvement on being visible on the road.

All drivers spoken to agreed that the event had been informative and had certainly made them think about both looking out for cyclists more at night giving them at least 1.5 metres when passing them. Cyclists also agreed to consider their visibility more and ride more positively helping them improve their safety reducing the chances of having an incident.

All the motorist participants agreed that the short questionnaire had been informative and had certainly made them think about both looking out for cyclists more at night and would give them at least 1.5 metres when passing them. Cyclists also agreed that they needed to consider their visibility more and would ride more positively helping them improve their stability reducing the chances of having an incident.

Green Watch considered the initiative a great success and felt that all of the participants benefited from the information given by them. They would like to thank Halfords and the media for their support and the Prevention and Road Safety team for their valued assistance

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Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2018

January 31st, 2018 by

Safer Cornwall is delighted to be supporting

Sexual Violence Awareness Week Monday 5 February to Friday 9 February

National Sexual Violence Awareness Week is an opportunity for all services to highlight the wide range of fantastic support which is on offer and stand side-by-side to show our commitment to a zero tolerance of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Cornwall. The week is for raising awareness about sexual violence in all demographic groups.

Public events providing information, advice and support:

  • Monday 5 February – 9:00 – 16:00 Display stand to showcase all of the support on offer for those who are being affected by sexual violence. This will be at RCHT Trelawney Wing Entrance.

 

  • Monday 5 February – 10:00 – 13:00 Sexual Violence Awareness Week Launch and awareness session on sexual violence and the services available. Held at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust – Knowledge Spa – G09.

 

  • Monday 5 February – 14:00 – 16:00 SARC open session to have a look around the SARC, discuss the services we provide and meet with a Crisis Worker and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor.

 

  • Monday 5 February – 19:00 – 20:00 Live Q and A Facebook session through First Light Facebook with a crisis worker.

 

  • Tuesday 6 February 9:00 – Wednesday 7 February 14:00
    Information displays for support and guidance for those being affected by sexual violence at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.

 

  • Wednesday 7 February 12:00 – 14:00 SARC open session to have a look around the SARC, discuss the services we provide and meet with a Crisis Worker and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor.

 

  • Thursday 8 February – 12:00 – 13:00 Live Q and A Facebook session through First Light Facebook with an ISVA.

 

  • Friday 9 February – 10:00 – 16:00 Display stand to showcase all of the support on offer for those who are being affected by sexual violence. At The Long Gallery, New County Hall, Truro.

 

  • Friday 9 February 10:00 – 12:00 – SARC open session to have a look around the SARC, discuss the services we provide and meet with a Crisis Worker and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor.

 

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The Government has brought the control of the new psychoactive substance methiopropamine as a class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 from 27 November 2017

December 15th, 2017 by

The 1971 Act controls drugs that are ‘dangerous or otherwise harmful’. A three tier system of classification (Class A, B and C) is adopted to provide a framework within which criminal penalties are set. This is based on an assessment of the harms associated with a drug, or its potential harms when misused, and the type of illegal activity undertaken in regards to that drug. The control of MPA has been made following the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (‘ACMD’).

The National Programme of Substance Abuse Deaths reported 46 cases where MPA was found in post mortem toxicology, between 2012 and April 2017. In all of these occurrences, MPA was found in combination with other substances, mainly NPS. MPA was implicated in the cause of death for 33 cases.

The ACMD recommended that MPA be listed as a Class B drug under the 1971 Act. This drug has also been inserted into Schedule 1 to the 2001 Regulations and designated as a drug to which section 7(4) of the 1971 Act applies since the ACMD reported no known recognised medicinal or legitimate uses beyond potential research use which will be enabled under a Home Office licence.

What is Methiopropamine and what are the risks associated with its use? See Drug Factsheet.

Circular – Changes to the MDA to include MPA – FINAL – DAU

Factsheet

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Who will you spend Christmas with? A Paramedic, a Firefighter, a street pastor or even a Police Officer?

December 12th, 2017 by

This festive season, as many of us drink more than intended, a new campaign is urging people to think about how and who they want to spend their Christmas with.

The Safer Cornwall partnership festive safe drinking campaign asks people out enjoying festivities over the coming weeks to drink sensibly while enjoying Cornwall and Christmas, not to risk spending time somewhere they would rather not be – whether in a police cell or a hospital.

Drinking too much can impact on our already stretched services such as the NHS and Police force. Those services will be more than happy to help if you really need it, but they don’t really want to spend time with you because you’ve had too much to drink.

Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for Wellbeing and Public Health said: “Drinking more than normal can bring on a false sense of confidence. This can lead to bad choices or decisions, such as drink driving or getting into arguments and fights. In a few cases, this can lead to people ending up in hospital, losing their drivers licence, getting fined, being arrested, or having accidents which put themselves or other people in danger”.

“The Council and its partners hope everyone enjoys the festive season. People should rightly be able to have fun, but we also want people to be safe. This campaign reminds people to drink sensibly, and to plan how they’ll get home safely.”

Jez Bayes, Alcohol strategy lead for Cornwall Council’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team said: “We don’t want to be the Christmas Grinch and say that you shouldn’t drink at all, because we know that for most of us that’s not going to happen! What we’re asking is that people go out and have fun in a way that doesn’t impact on others, or potentially affect their own future.

Top tips to enjoy Cornwall and drink sensibly this festive season:

  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water
  • It’s safest to stick drinks you’re familiar with, so that you know how you will react
  • Keep an eye on your drink when out, and don’t get to the point where you wouldn’t notice if someone spiked you
  • Plan how you will get home – book a taxi in advance, organise a lift, or have a designated driver in your group
  • Don’t attempt to reason with people who have drunk too much
  • Say thanks to anyone out there to keep you safe: door staff, street pastors, police, paramedics

 

Copy of the Festive Drinking Posters

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