Delivering safe spaces and safe workplaces – 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

December 12th, 2019 by

Safer Cornwall, supported by Safer Futures, promoted the International 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, by delivering a local workplace focused initiative; encouraging employers and local businesses to provide a safe space in the community for anyone experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence, in addition to creating a supportive and safe work place for staff.

The initiative was launched on 25th November in Truro Cathedral by Kate Kennally, Jim Pearce (CIOS Police Commander and Safer Cornwall Chair) and Lyn Gooding (CEO, First Light).

Safer Cornwall hosted walkabouts across all of the 10 Safer Towns and asked businesses to pledge their support, by advertising themselves as safe spaces to the public; using posters and merchandise with contact information for Safer Futures and also downloading our new Cornwall Council model DASV Employment Policy Template to provide information, safety and support to their staff.

Overall, the campaign engaged with 188 businesses during the Safer town walkabouts who all signed the pledge to protect customers and staff by providing a Safe Space. Of these businesses 123 have requested further training to develop their skills and knowledge of domestic abuse. The campaign was featured on Heart FM and Liskeard Radio and has had substantial public engagement through the team’s social media coverage which has reached over 41,000 people and the campaign videos have had over 11,000 views.

The campaign has had great support across all partnership agencies and the wider public, and will serve as a great foundation for all future campaigns, including Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week Monday 3rd February 2020 to Sunday 9th February 2020; watch this space.




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.

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