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.

 

 

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Safer Falmouth Supports Community Awareness Days with Falmouth and Exeter Universities

October 10th, 2019 by

Safer Falmouth Partners and Student Community Wardens from both Falmouth & Exeter Universities have been out in the community this week to raise awareness amongst local residents and students of support available in the Town.

Run by Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union (The Students’ Union) and funded by Falmouth University and the University of Exeter, the Community Wardens scheme promotes neighbourly behaviour and supports good community relations.

This collaborative approach helps students be active citizens within the community, encouraging positive relationships between long-term and student residents, as well as assisting the Town Council and other partners to improve the local environment and behaviour in residential areas.

The 2018 pilot saw student wardens patrol some of the most heavily populated student residential areas of Falmouth, with a particular focus on the Smithick Ward. It was a real success; students met with residents, listened to concerns, logged complaints, shared advice, and initiated campaigns. They also took part in community events and activities, including litter picking, fundraising activities, and supporting the local food bank.

The scheme is extending in 2019 to include some areas of Penryn and Mabe, with ten students in post.

Gwen Scolding, The Students’ Union Community Engagement Coordinator: “This is an exciting time for the Community Warden scheme. We’re looking forward to building on last year’s success by increasing our initiatives, reaching more areas, and by promoting a friendly and cohesive community for all that live, work and study in the locality.”

Residents can meet the 2019/20 Student Community Wardens, along with University representatives and partners from Safer Cornwall including the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Town Council and Cornwall Council, when they begin their patrols on the upcoming Community Awareness Days on;

Wednesday 2 October, Thursday 3 October, and Wednesday 9 October in Falmouth and Thursday 10 October in Penryn.

To contact the Warden Scheme, email communitywardens@thesu.org.uk and to find out more visit thesu.org.uk/community

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