Representing the Voluntary sector
What are the key requirements for the older but not overlooked priority?
- That older people need to feel and remain an active part of our communities whether they live in their own homes or are in residential care
- That these members of our community should be part of the police beat with the local officer being visible and proactive with all vulnerable groups
How priority lead Phil Sullivan is going to deliver the older by not overlooked priority
It is my job to make sure older people and vulnerable in our communities are valued and not disregarded.
This is a brief introduction into how work is developing under ‘Older but not Overlooked’ and if you want more detail, you can find it in what we call the Delivery Plan here.
Already, there is a network of voluntary and community sector organisations and providers that have the expertise and a vested interest in contributing towards the delivery plan. The aim is to make older or vulnerable people in this county feel more confident, cared about & connected. In this way, people will become more resilient to crime & the fear of crime.
Some of the things we are doing include:
- Providing an information channel between the Voluntary Sector (VS) and Police and Crime Plan partners to encourage greater collaboration
- Providing a VS perspective to inform the strategic development of the Police and Crime Plan
- Developing the capacity of the VS to deliver services in support of the Police and Crime Plan
- Consulting with ‘hard to reach’ communities and supporting community engagement to help provide feedback on the progress of the Delivery Plan
- Helping increase networking of service providers through such avenues as Gloucestershire Neighbourhood Watch Association which continues to develop Neighbourhood Watch in partnership with the Police Service.
- The County Hate Crime and Incident Group continues to work in partnership to provide greater support to victims of hate crime and Incidents
- Support the delivery of services to those suffering from dementia
- Support Dementia friendly Communities
- Support Gloucestershire Older Peoples Association
- Cyber Crime and older and vulnerable people and VS
- Continue to support PCSO’s making regular contact with organisations that are supporting older and vulnerable people
- Inter-generational work with Gloucestershire Constabulary Police Cadets
Voluntary and community sector organisations are helped by funds provided from the PCC’s office to work on these issues that help make people less fearful of crime and less likely to become victims. In turn, that endorsement of activity by the PCC helps to lever in additional funds from elsewhere , and also provides added value through the involvement of volunteers in their work
The work being done is an on-going process and although measurable improvements have already been made in areas such as “Keep Safe”, where over a 1000 organisations are signed up, there are others expected in the future life span of the Police and Crime Plan.
Our aim is to make people more CONFIDENT, CARED-FOR AND CONNECTED and consequently reduce fear of crime and the opportunity of being a victim.
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Projects supported under older but not overlooked
Barnwood TrustJubilant Stories aims to share stories of friends and neighbours coming together to make life better, creating safer, better connected and more welcoming communities. These stories will showcase resident-led action across Gloucestershire and offer inspiration to other residents.
Community Roots CICThe project is about supporting the development of a group of volunteers at the Living Room, Rowanfield Exchange Cheltenham (a community space) creating a sustainable community space, which is led and run by local residents.
British Red CrossThe project provides 20 x 2 hour Everyday First Aid courses for groups of older people living in deprived areas/households in Gloucestershire who have not previously had access to this training and have expressed a need for first aid training. Each course can accommodate up to 20 people so up to 400 older people can be trained as part of this project over 2 years.
Barnwood TrustSmall Sparks is a funding programme that offers groups of local people £250 to match fund using their time to do something they care about together. This aims to stimulate local residents taking action in their community to ensure it is a safer and healthier place to live. It specifically promotes the involvement of people who often get left out, including older people.
Forest Upcyclinge aim to work with PCSOs in their local area and community to identify people at risk of crime in and around their home. This will include reducing hedge heights, cutting back bushes around doors and windows, mowing lawns, strimming over grown gardens and fixing gates. Older and disabled people that do not have the physical ability to look after their own gardens can advertise their vulnerability through the appearance of their property. This can make them more likely to be victims of crime. Working with the PCSOs increases the credibility of the project and gives the customer increased assurance that they are safe. This work would be carried out at zero cost if the customer has been referred by the PCSO and has previously been a victim of crime. Other customers that are perceived by the PCSOs to be possible future victims would be helped out at a reduced rate.