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.
Older but not overlooked news
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Older but not Overlooked - Partners' Day 2017
Projects supported under older but not overlooked
MEARSTo (1) prevent older, disabled and vulnerable becoming victims of crime or (2) having been victims, prevent them becoming repeat victims and (3) by making them feel more secure and safe, improving the quality of life for them in their own homes.
GL11 Community HubGL11 are seeking funding for a training kitchen and our successful community café. This project will provide training and volunteering opportunities for 192 young disabled/vulnerable adults in our café at a cost of £10 per week per trainee. The project also aims to engage over 1300 vulnerable people of all ages, but particularly ‘older and overlooked’ within the community, so that they feel supported and safe attending the café at a cost of £0.30 per person per week. We see our café and training kitchen as a catalyst to inspire people into seeking employment and trying other social prescribing activities at GL11.
Marina Court Community HubTo promote the concept of active ageing to the over 55s in Tewkesbury through the installation of Fresh Air Fitness equipment for both supervised and unsupervised use. Funding for CCTV is needed for personal safety, protection of the equipment and prevention of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.
World JungleThe Full of Life project aims to deliver a coordinated and sustainable approach to tackle issues around isolation and loneliness and to minimise vulnerability in the ‘over 60s’ demographic group in the Severn Vale Area (including Cam, Dursley, Wotton and Berkeley). It specifically aims to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and reduce the likelihood of a member of this group becoming a victim of crime.
GlosCatsThe project aims to engage with and educate targeted public services about transgender issues. Public Services need to be approachable, accessible and accountable to trans people and the transcommunity services need to be culturally appropriate.The project will reach out to and welcome in all trans people in the county.