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.
It is my responsibility to see that the aim of the ‘Older but not Overlooked’ priority is fulfilled. Essentially, we will achieve this by ensuring that older people and those who are vulnerable are respected, valued and, where they wish, are able to make a contribution to their community. To help us, we have already developed a network of Voluntary and Community Sector organisations which also includes others like private sector care home providers that have the expertise and a vested interest in contributing towards the delivery plan. Gloucestershire Association for Voluntary and Community Action (GAVCA) is coordinating this consortium to identify the key issues that the plan needs to address, develop initiatives necessary for its success and tie them into relevant other areas of the Police and Crime Plan. GAVCA also plays a key role in helping to make sure that the needs and interests of all potentially marginalised communities are considered throughout the OPCC’s commissioning process.
Some of the other things we are doing include:
- providing an information channel between the Voluntary Care Sector (VCS) and Police and Crime Plan partners to encourage greater collaboration
- providing a VCS perspective to inform the strategic development of the Police and Crime Plan
- using VCS ‘experts’ to advise on commissioning
- developing the capacity of the VCS 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 progress of the Delivery Plan
- help increase net working of service providers
GAVCA has a database of over 2,500 voluntary and community organisations providing significant information about the 'VCS market'. This is being used to advise and influence commissioning generally throughout the Police and Crime Plan. Voluntary and community sector organisations are using funds provided from the PCC’s budget to lever in additional resources from charitable trusts and other sources and will also provide added value through the involvement of volunteers in their work
Like the work being done in the name of the other priorities, this is an ongoing process and although measurable improvements have already been made in some areas, e.g. Keep Safe, many others are expected within the four years 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
Social Engagement ProgrammeCotswold FriendsThe main aim is to help older people, living in their own homes and in residential care, to feel less lonely and isolated, and to feel safer and more integrated with their local community. To help build friendlier communities for older people who currently feel excluded.
Memory Services for People with Dementia & Their CarersTrust in You Community Interest Company and LINK Services (South Glos) CICTo provide people with dementia, or undiagnosed memory loss, and their carers the opportunity to feel more confident, cared for and connected in the area of Wotton under Edge.
Consultation EventsGloucestershire Old Persons' Association - GOPABuilding on the experience gained in Phase 1 of the project we will continue to run a series of consultation and other events to obtain the views and experiences of older people and hard to reach groups across Gloucestershire. As well as obtaining case studies and data from participants we will signpost enquiries and issues to other agencies and provide an information stand with leaflets, booklets and brochures on a wide range of issues affecting older people.
CrimestoppersCrimestoppersTo provide Crimestopper service to Gloucestershire. Ongoing contract with Police.
Stay Safe, Live WellGloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service, Gloucestershire Voices & Gloucestershire ConstabularyStay Safe, Live Well will aim to work with Gloucestershire Voices in order to reduce risk and therefore harm. Gloucestershire Voices is a user-led self advocacy organisation for adults with learning disabilities. The project will reduce fear and apprehension about uniformed services and ultimately make our communities stronger and safer, through greater trust. It will encourage active citizenship, reduce isolation and promote community cohesion. Safety tours will aim to address community safety issues in their widest sense and will include home safety, personal safety and cyber safety.