Safer St Austell launches donation boxes to support those most in need

16 January 2020 Posted by

Safer St Austell has developed donation points across St Austell to encourage the public to support local services.

Similarly to other towns across Cornwall, St Austell experiences spates of begging which can cause concerns within the community.

Safer St Austell is asking the community to use the donation points if they would like to help and support those in need.

The money will be given to the local support services who help those most vulnerable in the town.

Councillor Sandra Heyward said: “These collection boxes are a convenient way to enable the community to support those individuals in need. It still is ok to offer a hot drink or meal, but you can also signpost them to agencies such as STAK for day time support.”

The Safer St Austell Partnership consists of services from Cornwall Council,  St Austell Town Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, St Austell BID, White River Place and other local representatives; and is coordinated by the Council’s Community Safety Officer.

Annette Miller, St Austell BID Manager said; “We want to make it easy for people to donate money to the charities supporting vulnerable individuals to help them move away from a life on the streets and reduce the amount of aggressive begging across the town. We are encouraging the community to donate through the boxes so that their support can be directed in the best way.”

Along with the donation points Safer St Austell continues to distribute an information leaflet across the town for businesses, residents and visitors. This explains how the partners are responding to the different issues of street drinking, anti-social behaviour and rough sleeping by providing on the ground assertive outreach support to help individuals make positive changes.

There are now five donation boxes being hosted by businesses in the town at the Co-Operative, White River Fish Bar, St Austell Leisure Centre, Tengo and Weatherspoons. There will also shortly be a donation box at The Natural Store. Thank you to those businesses who are supporting this initiative. If you would like to be involved please contact St Austell BID at staustellbid@gmail.com

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Rob Nolan, says: “People feel a mix of sympathy and upset when they see on-street begging, and it can sometimes be intimidating. These donation boxes are an excellent way for people to show concern, confident that funds will be used directly to help those who are vulnerable or living on the street.”

Safer St Austell is affiliated to Safer Cornwall the statutory community safety partnership for Cornwall and provides a local multi-agency co-ordinated response to the issues that are identified by the partnership and the communities of St Austell. The partnership works to reduce and prevent crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.

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