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

For the latest product recalls please check here

https://productrecall.campaign.gov.uk

Are all your electrical devices registered?

Why register?

 Be the first to know of any safety repairs or recalls

•  Improve your after sales service

•  Keep in touch with upgrade news

Keep safe, register them now at https://www.registermyappliance.org.uk/

 

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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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SW Peninsula Drug Related Death Conference

October 10th, 2019 by

On Friday 6th September the SW Peninsula Drug Related Death Conference was held at The China Fleet Club, Saltash, this being the 9th time this conference has been held.

This year proved to be the largest attendance of all the conferences held with over 170 delegates.

A full days program saw 9 plenary sessions being delivered by a total of 13 speakers. The subject matter was eclectic, informative and adduced from investigating the many drug related deaths that have happened over the last year. The learning and best practice coming from these investigations was expanded upon by experts in their field to the benefit of all delegates.

The tangible positive feel of this conference was evident in the refreshment breaks where many and varied practitioners exchanged thoughts, ideas and future networking opportunities. Below are some of the many positive feedback comments from across The Peninsula;

‘I hadn’t been particularly looking forward to it simply because the subject matter is never one that fills your heart with joy, but I really enjoyed the day.  However, it was only when I got home and was talking about all the various nuggets of information that had particularly caught my attention that I realised it was something from each of the speakers, and I realised how well it all fitted together and how much I’d picked up from them all’.

‘Many thanks for organising such an informative and social type event’.

‘I would definitely attend again as the information sharing is a great way of learning and getting to meet lots of different practitioners as well’

‘A fantastic day that really made me think, and think differently about how to change the system’.

‘Thank you for inviting so many mental health staff’

The conference will return in 2020 buoyed up by the optimism that delegates shared and their commitment to reduce drug related deaths despite the many pressures that there currently are on all agencies involved in this important work

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2019

October 10th, 2019 by

Safer Cornwall is supporting the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2019, with a focus on local businesses. We are working with Safer Futures(delivered by First  Light  & Barnardos), supported further by local Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services, to deliver awareness and identification training to local businesses.

Why are we doing this?

It is estimated that, in 2017 to 2018, 1.3 million women and 695,000 men experienced domestic abuse and 595,000 women and 150,000 men experienced sexual violence, in England.

On a local level, there were an estimated 21,000 incidents of domestic abuse and 3,000 incidents of sexual violence in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, alone.

Employers have a legal obligation to assess dynamic risk and support the health and safety and wellness of their employees. Companies can do more to support and assist their employees who endure domestic abuse and sexual violence, and to protect staff as a whole, with the goal of securing safety and mitigating financial loss.

How are we doing this?

We are inviting local business to support their community and staff, by signing up to our new campaign; raising awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence in our community and highlighting the local support services available to help. We are also offering guidance and information to assist managers in how to respond to staff, should they disclose domestic abuse or sexual violence at work; putting local businesses at the forefront of the fight to end domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Hair dressers, barbers and nail bars are our targeted businesses, as we want to provide additional provision in an environment that already provides staff and customers with comfortable and relaxing space, where people open up about their personal lives. These types of businesses are also a space that many people visit on their own, without their partner/ex-partner or family members.

We want to help local businesses create a culture where domestic abuse and sexual violence is not a stigmatised issue, but instead a place where people can ask direct questions and identify when someone may be experiencing domestic abuse and/or sexual violence. We will be offering staff basic training and providing businesses with discreet merchandise to display and distribute to staff and customers, with support and referral information.

In addition to the training and the merchandise, we are also offering businesses a Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Employee Policy template, to download and amend specific to individual businesses.

Spanning the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, from 25th November to 10th December, a theme will be identified and promoted each day to explore various forms of domestic abuse and sexual violence. In doing this, the workplace will be better equipped to acknowledge the signs that indicate it may be going on.

A full programme of events locally will be available and promoted through the Safer Cornwall Partnership, including the walk about dates in the 10 Safer Towns:

Truro – Monday 25th November

Camborne & Redruth – Tuesday 26th November

Penzance – Wednesday 27th November

Falmouth – Thursday 28th November

Liskeard – Friday 29th November

Newquay – Tuesday 3rd December

Bodmin – Wednesday 4th December

St Austell – Thursday 5th December

Saltash – Friday 6th December

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Homeless charity Harbour Housing is celebrating a decade of its Naloxone scheme which works to combat opioid overdoses

October 10th, 2019 by

Naloxone is a Competitive Opioid Antagonist which simply put means that it is a drug that can temporarily reverse the effects of an overdose through knocking the opioids off the receptors. It has been described by staff at Harbour as a ‘miracle drug’ as it can bring people back from the brink of death, and has been used to successfully prevent 46 cases of overdose at Harbour since it was introduced in 2009.

The drug is administered via syringe directly into the muscle and is incredibly fast acting, in most cases reviving the patient in mere minutes.

Jade Barron, a tenancy sustainment officer at Harbour, has intervened in several overdose situations and said:

“It’s incredible how quickly the Naloxone takes effect, people can be revived immediately and the great thing about it is that there are no negative side-effects so it’s completely safe to use. “Sometimes it acts as a wakeup call. I’ve had a resident be brought back with Naloxone and the next week decide to fully commit to recovery.”

Public Health England estimates that every unexpected death costs around £1.4 million, so with each Naloxone kit costing less than £20 it is clear that easier access to this life-saving drug could help to save thousands of lives, as well as taxpayer money.

Harbour was approached by Marion Barton, social inclusion lead for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT), in 2009 and asked to pilot the scheme. At the time Harbour was tolerant to alcohol use on site but not the use of drugs, and despite this had sadly lost residents to overdose. It was for this reason, says Chris Abbott Harbour’s head of housing, that management decided to go ahead with the project.

 

 

Naloxone was more heavily regulated back in 2009 and could only be prescribed directly to a drug user, which was not an effective way to ensure their safety as they would be unable to use it on themselves in an overdose situation. Harbour has been instrumental in developing national Naloxone policy, helping to influence the change in 2015 that allowed the drug to be prescribed to a responsible person and kept in communal areas of supported accommodation facilities.

Over the ten years Naloxone has become an integral part of Harbour’s harm reduction procedure, with kits easily available across all of its properties in boxes attached directly to the walls as well as in first-aid kits and kept in vehicles.

After the development of the Naloxone scheme, Harbour was assisted by drug and housing policy expert Kevin Flemen to adjust its own policy to become tolerant to use of drugs within the law. Through having this high tolerance to both drug and alcohol use Harbour has been able to accept referrals from those who would otherwise have nowhere else to go. People struggling with addiction need the right support to be able to manage their substance use, and Harbour says

that their tolerant ‘eyes wide open’ approach allows for honesty and trust between staff and residents which has a really positive impact on recovery.

Drug use is much more dangerous when it is kept hidden, and recent figures from the Office of National Statistics revealed that drug related deaths reached an all-time high of 4,359 across England and Wales last year. Naloxone has become much more widespread in recent years, and thanks to the hard work of the DAAT it is now available in all supported accommodations across Cornwall.

All staff, residents and volunteers at Harbour are trained in the administration of Naloxone, and in recent years Harbour has also trained members of staff from other supported accommodations. The increase in availability of this life- saving drug is hoped to reduce the harm to people struggling with addiction and stop the rise of preventable deaths.

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