Safer Towns Summer Highlights 2023

20 September 2023

A flavour of what we’ve been up to across Cornwall this summer

Safer Streets funded Truro Community Football Youth Football Sessions

Truro City Football Club affiliated Supasport Southwest delivered 8 sessions of football skills, activities and mini games to young people with the aim of promoting team work, kindness and respect as well as diverting them away from anti-social behaviour. The sessions were held in green spaces on 3 key housing estates in Truro. The sessions were open to all boys and girls aged 5-15. Stalls on site offered information, advice and guidance to the young people and those attending with them. Services included Young People Cornwall, the Council’s ASB Team, Police, Children and Family Services and Truro City Council’s Community Development staff.

A range of diversionary initiatives have been highlighted to be put in place to prevent youth ASB in Truro.

Engagement Events

Truro Safe Community Safety and Anti-Social Behaviour drop-in surgery on Wednesday 16th August was supported by colleagues from Truro Bid, Truro Neighbourhood Watch, City Council and local policing teams. Members of the public were able to discuss any concerns or issues they are facing. We had lots of community engagement on the day and discussions around neighbour disputes, noise nuisance, graffiti and dog fouling to name a few.

The Safer Towns also supported Anti-social Behaviour Awareness week and held 8 events across Cornwall between 1st and 7th July.

Party in the Park Bodmin

The Serious Violence Prevention Fund funded a graffiti mural which was unveiled. The mural was co-designed with local young people.

Water Safety Day in Penzance

Penzance Neighbourhood Policing Team and Safer Penzance held a ‘Water Safety Day’ on Penzance Promenade on Saturday 17th June.

Joining the Penzance Neighbourhood Policing Team were Devon and Cornwall Police’s Dive team who were on hand to speak to the public and answer their questions as well as explain their kit and role within the Police Service.

The RNLI’s Penlee lifeboat’s, HM Coastguard ,Border Force, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service from Penzance, National Coastwatch, RNLI events and water safety team and RNLI shop, Safer Penzance, MOR swimming and other local businesses also attended.

Water demonstrations were carried out by the two Penlee Lifeboats, HM Coastguard, Police Dive Team and Border Force.

Olly Bayliss, Community Safety Officer from Safer Penzance said: “It was fantastic to see so many people come out and chat to us. We had many different water users from all ages and their families coming up to check out the kit and find out more about how keep yourself and others safe, as well as the impressive work being done in partnership locally such as the designated swim zones and the pontoon project which people might not know about”.

“The weather was good to us so we were super happy and excited to see the water demonstrations go ahead and impress the crowd! Our work is far from done so we will be back next year again promoting the same Respect the Water message.”

Sports Sessions with Vulnerable Adults

A six week project took place in Penzance with St Petrocs, Cornwall Councils Complex Needs Team and Plymouth Argyle Community Trust. The project positively engaged people in the Rough Sleeping Community ahead of the escalation of issues that often arise in the summer months in Penzance. You can read full details here

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