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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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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Closure Order

March 30th, 2018 by

Camborne Neighbourhood Police, working in partnership with Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator Dorian Thomas, recently made an application to the court to place a Closure Order on 81 Enys Road, Camborne due to ongoing anti-social behaviour and disorder.

Today, 21st March 2018, this Closure Order has been granted at Truro Magistrates Court, which will ensure the property will be boarded up and made secure.

The Closure Order prevents anyone from accessing the property for 3 months from the date of issue. Anyone entering the premises in this time is in breach of the Closure Order and therefore committing a criminal offence.

PCSO Regan has stated “we have been working tirelessly to collate evidence for this closure order and will continue to work closely with the Anti-Social Behaviour Co-Ordinator to support the public to report any further anti-social behaviour. Today we are relieved that we’re able to board the property up in an effort to break the cycle of behaviour and disorder emanating from this address.”

Dorian Thomas from Cornwall Council’s ASB Team stated “it is totally unacceptable for any member of the public to allow this type of behaviour to emanate from their property and for it to be out of control.

Those residing or visiting the premises had a total disregard for the surrounding community, who were affected by the ongoing behaviour.

The amount of community concern, which this property has prompted, was clear to see and reinforced the need for the team doing as much as physically possible to make this closure a reality. This property needed to be closed down to protect the public and give local residents the respite they deserve.

Having the court grant the closure order on the 21st March 2018 is a great testament to the hard work placed by the local Police Neighbourhood Team in partnership with Cornwall Council.

The public has a right and need to be protected from such behaviour and to come home to a place where they feel safe and enjoy quality of life. The public must have the confidence and reassurance to report anti-social behaviour. By reporting this type of behaviour will assist in making our streets and towns a more pleasant place to socialise and live.”

The public are encouraged to report suspected breaches of this order or anti-social behaviour to Police using 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively you can report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Safer Town’s scheme

January 30th, 2018 by

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez and Safer Cornwall are joining forces to extend the county’s existing Safer Town’s scheme.

There are four Safer Towns partnerships already in existence – in St Austell, Newquay, Truro and Penzance – but from April this will be extended to include Falmouth, Bodmin, Camborne, Redruth, Liskeard and Saltash.

The PCC has committed £50,000 to kick start the extended programme.

Following the successful model which is already operating these towns will have a more focused partnership response to local community safety issues, aiming to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in a coordinated, evidence-based response.

Safer Towns will provide a partnership response to local community safety issues, aiming to reduce crime/anti-social behaviour and will allow for a coordinated response in the local areas.

The work in each Safer Town will be informed by a Local Town Profile and driven through a detailed action plan.  The Safer Towns will be accountable to the Safer Cornwall Partnership.

“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,” said Ms Hernandez.

“A significant amount of work has already gone on in St Austell, 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, said: “We are delighted to accept this additional support from the PCC for Cornwall’s innovative Safer Towns approach.  At the very core of the safer towns principles are our focus on people and place.

“Through our multi-disciplinary partnership work we are able to bring together a wealth of knowledge, experience and powers to provide a response to what can be very complex challenges.

“This is another example of our close working with partners to address antisocial behaviour and wider community safety issues. I am confident this proven partnership approach will deliver positive outcomes for residents, businesses and visitors to Cornwall.”

Chief Superintendent Jim Pearce, the police commander for Cornwall, said: “The Safer Towns project is an excellent initiative bringing local leaders, Cornwall Council, the police and local businesses together with a common purpose – to make our communities safer.

“We have seen some really positive progress in Penzance and St Austell over the past few months and our local police teams will be fully engaged in this work as we go forward. “

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Safer St Austell Support Local Spaces

January 15th, 2018 by

Members of Safer St Austell have come together over the last month to litter pick and repaint the walls at one of the local graffiti walls at Poltair Park and The House, which is a local youth community centre. They have also conducted a leaflet drop in the town centre to publicise how the community can report concerns and issues. This group of partners work closely as part of Safer Cornwall, the statutory community safety partnership for Cornwall. Safer St Austell was reformed in February 2017 to provide a local multi-agency co-ordinated response, consisting of the community, the local town council, charities within the area including Cosgarne Hall, volunteers, Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) and Community Safety Teams, Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Addaction, St Austell Business Improvement District, Freshstart and local traders.

In St Austell a combination of factors were impacting on, and giving rise to concerns within communities in relation to perceived public safety and levels of crime.  The partnership joined together with the aim of; improving feelings of safety and public reassurance, reducing risk of alcohol related harm to the community and protecting vulnerable groups. The group have already been involved with; community walkabouts in the town centre to gain the views of local businesses, the identification of issues including anti-social behaviour and environmental improvements, high visibility multi-agency patrols, anti-social behaviour interventions and warnings, schemes to reduce the impact of alcohol on individuals and the community, partnership training and proactive outreach and in reach work across the town. The Town Council installed two additional CCTV cameras earlier in the year, one at Priory Car Park and one at Truro Road Park both of which are proving invaluable for the detection and prevention of crime in the town centre.

Zoe Gofton the Community Safety Officer for Mid Cornwall said: “It has been great to see such fantastic team working made up of agencies who genuinely want to make St Austell a safe and vibrant place to live. Building on the great work that has already been undertaken, Safer St Austell partners are working closely together to resolve issues quickly and have worked incredibly hard over the last six months to ensure ASB and rough sleeping are dealt with appropriately. Over the next few months we will continue to publicise how the community can report crime and support the partnership.”

Malcolm Putko Asset and Operations Director of Cosgarne Hall said: “Everyone involved with Cosgarne is proud to be part of forward thinking initiatives such as this one led by Safer Cornwall. It is great that lots of people from lots of different walks in life within the community join in and try and make the local surroundings better for all.”

Sector Inspector Edward Gard said: “There is a huge amount of partnership working happening in St Austell as well as targeted policing which is having a positive impact on levels of crime in this area. St Austell remains one of the safer towns and we will continue to ensure crime in this area is actioned quickly and effectively. We encourage all members of the public to continue to report information and any concerns they have through our 101 telephone number or in an emergency 999.”

Advice for residents and businesses

  • If you see someone sleeping rough you can contact Streetlink via www.streetlink.org.uk or 0300 500 0914 (or 999 if they need urgent medical assistance).  Individuals sleeping rough can contact the Cornwall Housing Options Team on 0300 1234 161 or drop into an Information Service (formerly called One Stop Shop).
  • If people experience anti-social behaviour, email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 for non-emergencies and in an emergency call 999.
  • If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.For concerns about rubbish such as glass and needles on the street, call Cornwall Council Refuse and Recycling on 0300 1234 141 or email refuseandrecycling@cornwall.gov.uk
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