Criminal Behaviour Order obtained

November 8th, 2019 by

Criminal Behaviour Order obtained at court following a joint application by Cornwall Council‘s ASB Team and Devon & Cornwall Police #SaferStAustell

CBO – Order Poster – Kevin David WATSON – 06.11.19

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Safer Camborne and Plymouth Argyle Team Up to Host Sports Event for Young People

November 8th, 2019 by

Safer Camborne joined up with Plymouth Argyle Community Trust to deliver a fun one-day event this October half-term for young people aged 8-16 in the Camborne area.

On 24 October a full day of sports including handball, football, rugby and more was delivered to young people in the Camborne area by the highly skilled coaches at PAFC Community Trust. The day, paid for with funds from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, also gave young people the opportunity to meet with some of the fantastic agencies who provide support for young people locally including the Penwith Community Development Trust, Headstart Kernow, Addaction YZUP, Cornwall Fire & Rescue, Devon and Cornwall Police and Camborne Town Council.

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Trading Standards

November 8th, 2019 by

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More than 150 anti-social behaviour logs

November 6th, 2019 by

More than 150 anti-social behaviour logs for a Falmouth family has led to joint action being taken by Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team and Devon & Cornwall Police.

Three family members and another individual became subject to injunctions from Truro Magistrates after the court heard “overwhelming evidence” of the anti-social and criminal behaviour exhibited by the group of four in the Falmouth area.

A police spokesman said: “The group came to attention particularly in the Old Hill Estate as Falmouth Police started receiving logs regarding robbery, violence, drugs and anti-social behaviour amongst some of the many complaints in 2018 which were linked directly to the group.

“Due to their tirade of terror in the estate, no one would come forwards to give evidence for fear of repercussions.

“In a period of just over a year, police received over 150 calls directly relating to the group causing all manner of nuisance and disorder in the Penwerris and Trescobeas wards of Falmouth.”

Truro Magistrates Court granted four injunctions on three family members and another individual on Monday, October 14, banning them from acting anti-socially in Falmouth and entering the Penwerris and Trescobeas wards.

The injunctions ban the individuals from:

1, Entering the area known as Old Hill Estate, Penwerris and Trescobeas wards

2, Using or engaging in abusive, insulting, offensive, threatening or intimidating language or behaviour in any public place in the town of Falmouth

3, Threatening or engaging in any violence or damage against any person or property in the town of Falmouth

4, Encouraging any other person to engage in any of the acts described in 3 and 4 above within the town of Falmouth

Due to the rising frequency and seriousness of incidents a decision was made by Police, Cornwall Housing Ltd and Cornwall Councils’ Anti-Social Behaviour Team (ASB Team) that a closure of the family’s home was necessary to try and stop the persistent nuisance and disorder linked to the address.

Work was undertaken by agencies to collate evidence and gain the trust of the local community to come forward and give anonymous statements to use the Civil Closure Procedure, which was successfully granted on July 4, 2019.

The closure notice closed the entire property down and was hoped to bring an end to the issues in the area, but sadly the group chose to continue with their behaviour.

Calls started to come in on an almost daily basis regarding the group, incidents called-in included; walking the streets of Old Hill estate brandishing weapons, slashing tyres of cars (including police vehicles), threats of violence, drunken behaviour in the street and threats to burn people’s houses down.

The Police and the ASB Team were left with little choice but to seek further court action to deal with the group and try to bring an end to the saga.

Over a three-month period, officers from Falmouth Police Station, the ASB Team and Devon & Cornwall Police Force Legal Team worked tirelessly to gather existing and new evidence to support an application for an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction, using legislation from the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Breach of the order carries a sentence of a supervision order or, as a last resort, a civil detention order of up to three months for persons under 18 years of age and civil contempt of court with an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison for over 18s.

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Cornwall Council recently launched their Casualty Reduction Strategy

November 1st, 2019 by

Cornwall Council recently launched their Casualty Reduction Strategy, which was previously published in 2013.  Our priority remains to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured (KSIs) on our roads and action is required now to reverse the negative trend of rising KSIs, particularly with those seriously injured.

Our vision is to eradicate deaths and serious injuries from our roads, supporting an accessible, healthier and safer Cornwall.  We have adopted the ‘Safe System’ approach, which advocates a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to address the road safety needs of all users, using the five pillar framework approach of Safer Speeds, Safer Road Users, Safer Vehicles, Safer Roads and Mobility and Post Crash Response.  Underpinning this is Cornwall Council’s collaborative principles to:

  • work together as one team
  • connect with our partners
  • connect with our communities and;
  • tackle KSI’s with evidence led data

 

Road safety is a matter of national importance, affecting both those who drive and those who don’t drive.  September 26th was a day of reflection and a pledge by Project EDWARD to encourage a European Day Without a Road Death.  This annual event promotes initiatives to encourage all road users to reflect on their behaviour and attitude, as they recognise driver behaviour is one of the key barriers to progress.  During the week commencing 18th November 2019, the charity Brake are running a Road Safety week which we will see activity focussed on safe and healthy journeys, encouraging everyone to step up and play their part in the celebration of safe system solutions and the creation of a safe and healthy future.

As part of the Road Safety Week, Brake is encouraging everyone to ‘Make the Brake Pledge’.  The Pledge calls for people to do everything they can to protect themselves and the people around them.  For more information on how to pledge see the following link:

http://www.brake.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&layout=edit&id=129

Casualty Reduction Strategy is available here: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/media/40378000/final-casualty-reduction-strategy-2019-web.pdf

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Opportunities for Upstream Prevention: Nos Da Kernow

October 31st, 2019 by

The key objective of the service is to improve early identification and support for those who are at risk of homelessness in Cornwall.

People at risk of homelessness, including but not limited to people who are ‘sofa surfing’ and people about to be discharged from hospital. The service will support people to maintain their existing accommodation or to identify alternative accommodation as appropriate, working with clients to identify and manage risks to their safety.

It is only for those who do not fall under any statutory duty (ie, not within 56 days of homelessness).

Nos Da Kernow will provide a service in a manner that is flexible, person-centred and responsive to the individual needs and agreed outcomes with the Client. The Client will be supported to identify their strengths and to develop the skills and knowledge needed to achieve their housing related goals. Clients will be supported to develop increased self-esteem, self-worth and to integrate into their community.

All Clients will have an up-to-date, outcome-focused support and risk management plan that is reviewed with appropriate frequency and includes input from other agencies as appropriate. Support plans will reflect any cultural, religious and lifestyle needs.  This plan will focus on stabilising or securing housing and then signposting to other agencies for ongoing support where needed with other goals.

Nos Da Kernow will initially offer information and advice and support to help people self-advocate; non-statutory advocacy will be offered when required. This includes but is not limited to helping people to complete forms and utilise online self-help tools related to independent living and self-management of health and wellbeing. Where possible and practicable, people accessing the service have opportunities to be involved in all aspects of the Service. This will include but is not limited to decision making, planning and reviewing the service, staff recruitment, induction and training, and service delivery.

No Da Kernow will undertake proactive, rapid intervention and outreach to clients referred as being at risk of homelessness and will work with, and alongside, colleagues in all partner agencies to provide those referred with the support needed to prevent them from becoming homeless.

Referral form

Nos Da Kernow Infographic

Referrals can also be sent to: supportedhousingreferrals@cornwallhousing.org.uk

 

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Cornwall Housing and the Salvation Army Housing Association working in partnership to tackle homelessness

October 31st, 2019 by

St Austell’s FreshStart centre is now housing people who have been sleeping rough or would otherwise be homeless over the autumn and winter months thanks to Cornwall Housing and the funding secured by Cornwall Council.

The funding started on 1 October and runs for an initial period of six months, during which the centre at 24 Truro Road will be home to up to 18 people.

FreshStart will now provide a warm and secure home for people who have a history of sleeping on the streets or are at risk of homelessness.

“I’m very pleased that The Salvation Army Housing Association (saha) will be continuing our long-standing working relationship with Cornwall Housing to provide a home for people who have experienced homelessness or are at risk of homelessness at the FreshStart centre in St Austell”, said Hugh Symons of The Salvation Army Housing Association.

“People experience homelessness for a wide variety of reasons – from unemployment to relationship and family break-ups, and it can happen to people from all walks of life. The FreshStart centre will now be supporting people who are in this position to help them rebuild their lives.”

Nick Cross, Cornwall Housing Managing Director adds “Tackling the causes of rough sleeping and homelessness is complex and bringing together invaluable organisations like The Salvation Army Housing Association to keep centre opens in areas that need them most will support those that need somewhere safe to stay.”

“No one should have to sleep rough in Cornwall or anywhere else. We believe this dedicated service can help many people start to rebuild their lives.”

Cornwall Council is supporting the initiative following a successful bid for government funding to tackle rough sleeping.  Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes Andrew Mitchell said “Tackling rough sleeping is a complex issue.  We need a co-ordinated multi-agency approach to help people who find themselves without a roof over their head.  This approach has proved to be effective with official figures showing a 46% reduction in the total number of rough sleepers recorded in Cornwall between November 2016 and December 2018.  We’ll continue to work with and support partners to introduce measures that will directly help people off the streets and provide them with accommodation and support.”

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New commissioned street outreach response team

October 30th, 2019 by

Rough sleepers across Cornwall will receive outreach support thanks to Addaction and Cornwall Housing funded via Cornwall Council.

Addaction Cornwall, who currently provide drug and alcohol support in the area, has been awarded the Rough Sleepers Outreach Contract by Cornwall Housing.

As part of the project, Addaction outreach workers will be employed to engage and support some of Cornwall’s most vulnerable people currently living on the street. The project will run in partnership with the charity Homeless Link’s StreetLink service.

If a member of the public is concerned about someone sleeping rough they can send an alert to StreetLink through the mobile app, www.streetlink.org.uk, or by calling 0300 500 0914. The referral will be sent to Addaction Cornwall and an outreach worker will go to the location where the rough sleeper was seen at to engage and support them.

Outreach workers will develop personalised care plans for rough sleepers, supporting them into housing and treatment services. They will also carry the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone to extend harm reduction efforts.

Lynda Edward is the Multiple Complex Needs Manager at Addaction Cornwall and will be managing the service. Lynda said:

“We know that many people who are forced to sleep on the streets have multiple complex needs such as drug and alcohol and mental health issues. Often these people can struggle to engage with services so, rather than waiting for them to come to us, this project is about proactively engaging and supporting this group. outreach workers will provide a package of care focused on helping people get the personalised support they need. This could be accompanying them to a housing appointment, helping them access drug treatment or helping them with financial issues. All support will be centred around the needs of the individual.

“No one should have to sleep rough in Cornwall or anywhere else. We believe this dedicated service can help many people start to rebuild their lives.”

Nick Cross, Cornwall Housing Managing Director adds “We recognise the passion the Addaction team have to help people make changes and improve their lives. We look forward to bringing together the newly commissioned street outreach response team with our wider services to prevent and relieve homelessness in Cornwall.

“Over the last few years Cornwall Housing has worked to reduce the number of rough sleepers across the county. I have no doubt that with Addaction’s support we will be able to support the most vulnerable so no one needs to sleep rough in Cornwall.”

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Mental Health Safety Plans

October 30th, 2019 by

In Cornwall, as part of our Suicide Prevention Strategy we have chosen an objective of supporting as many of our population as possible to create a Mental Health Safety Plan. This is a personalised, prioritised list of coping strategies and resources for reducing suicide risk which is designed to help those who struggle with their suicidal thoughts.

Staying safe for even short periods of time takes a great deal of strength when thoughts of suicide are overwhelming. Having a plan to use during those crisis times means you have the chance to get through the moment and access long-term support.

Here in Cornwall, our Cornwall Foundation Trust staff receive suicide prevention training (I CARED and Shared) devised by Helen Lee-Savage, and our GPs receive Suicide Safer Primary Care training from Dr Becki Osborne and mental health safety planning is a key element of both of these training sessions.

However, safety plans can be created and used by anyone. You don’t need to be a professional to make one or support someone else to make one, but you can be. We want to support as many people as possible to create their own plan, and to support their friends and colleagues to as well.  We plan to offer a paper and digital option and would like feedback on what the plan should look like – an A4 downloadable plan, a Z Card you can keep in your wallet and/or a digital option in the form of an app.  We want to launch this as soon as possible, and currently a number of focus groups are providing us with feedback on how they would like the plans to look.  If you are interested in being involved in the roll out of this exciting project, please get in touch with Paula on paula.chappell@cornwall.gov.uk

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2 Passing out parades at Bodmin Community Fire Station

October 25th, 2019 by

A group of young people from Bodmin College are celebrating their achievements in completing an innovative course run by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s Phoenix team.

All participants were given the opportunity to take part in a range of fire service activities to promote teamwork, communication skills, raise confidence and aspirations.

Throughout the course participants get the opportunity to learn and develop transferable skills through participating in fire and rescue service drills and activities. These skills can then be taken forward and put into practice when attending college, further education and training or in the workplace.

The Phoenix Project has been run by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service since 2002 and enhances young people’s self-confidence, communication skills and community spirit.

Safer Bodmin facilitates and supports a co-ordinated multi-agency approach to community safety issues to improve feelings of safety and public reassurance, reduce the risk of harm to the community and protect vulnerable groups. Safer Bodmin involves statutory agencies, businesses, voluntary organisations and community members in the work of the partnership and encourages social inclusion and community participation through being part of the problem solving process and having a sense of pride in Bodmin.

Interim Chief Fire Officer Mark Hewitt said: “Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service commits itself to develop skills for members of the local community. Our course staff are supportive, inspiring and passionate about what we do, therefore we create an inclusive learning environment for course attendees to realise their potential and ambitions. The participants on this course have worked extremely hard throughout this week to succeed and we are very proud to be able to work in partnership with Bodmin College.”

Councillor Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection said: “Young people in Cornwall gain huge benefits from this innovative training which gives them experience in the world of work and highlights the importance of community safety.

I want to thank our fire service staff for supporting the young people in developing their skills.”

The Phoenix Project is a Cornwall wide initative geared towards young people between the ages of 3-17. They are given training in hose running, marching, wearing breathing apparatus (BA), life skills and problem solving with the aim of building confidence and self-esteem, raise aspirations and improve teamwork and communication skills.

It is incredibly important for those of us who work hard to make communities safer to build relationships with young people,

Young people who complete this course will gain important life skills that will build resilience and character, but by working with those young people, the organisations involved will get a much better understanding of how young people are thinking and will take that learning into their ongoing work.

I am very pleased that my office plays an active role in the Safer Towns project across Cornwall. Partnership working is so important across all communities.” Said Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez.

“We are all incredibly excited to be embarking upon this project with Phoenix. I am very confident that it will provide an excellent opportunity for our learners to engage in a range of activities that will equip them with many new skills which will undoubtedly help improve their self-confidence and self-esteem. The various planned activities will require them to practice working as a team which is so important for our learners.” Said Lynne Carter, Assistant Principle; Pastoral, Bodmin College.

To find out more please visit: https://safercornwall.co.uk/safer-towns/bodmin/

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