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
Craft & ChatStroud District CouncilThe aim of the project is to provide a safe, informal, friendly environment for older people to come together, meet new people and engage in arts and craft activities in an effort to decrease social isolation and loneliness in our ageing population. The project aims to target our older people who are less involved in local activities or in some cases not involved at all, have no or very little family or friends, suffer from a range of medical conditions including undiagnosed memory loss and dementia, who are socially isolation due to the geographical area that they live in or unable to drive/walk.
Keep SafeKeep SafeBusinesses will display a logo to indicate that their staff have been trained to assist any person carrying the Keepsafe card. Cards will contain details of a person to contact in the event that the card carrier (People with learning disabilities, autism or dementia in communities across Gloucestershire) is in distress and needs assistance.
YES ME @GFMGloucester FM RadioGFM invests in local people by providing training and support in technical production and studio skills, interviewing and presenting, understanding community and commercial radio. GFM is committed to providing equality of opportunity by involving people from all ethnic backgrounds and faith.
Jubilant StoriesBarnwood 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.
Creating stronger & more inclusive communitiesGloucestershire Association for Voluntary & Community Action - GAVCAThe aim of the project is to support communities, through the voluntary and community organisations and networks to which they belong, to be actively engaged and involved in informing, and delivering, the Police and Crime Plan so that the untapped potential in these communities is harnessed to achieve the PCC’s vision of “less crime and more peace and good order”.