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
GL11 Springboard ProjectGL11 Community HubThis project will build on GL11 Stepping into Safer Communities, that provides a system of support and opportunity to engage older people within the community so that they feel integrated, supported, useful and safe, by providing a next step so residents can develop their increasing confidence through a range of volunteering and work experience that will enable people to extend their confidence while enhancing the resilience and skills in the local community.
Dementia Awareness BookletsGloucestershire ConstabularyJune’s husband had dementia and since passing away, June has worked closely with NHS partnership trusts, charities and local universities to raise awareness of the condition. Some of her work has been published nationally and internationally and she is recognised for her voluntary work in this area (Stonehouse memory link).
Fresh Air Fitness @ Marina CourtMarina Court Community HubTo promote the concept of active ageing to the over 55’s 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.
Lift TrainingNational Star CollegePersonalised travel training to help vulnerable young people (disabled, learning difficulty, behavioural issues, mental health), to independently access education, training, employment, social activities by independent use of public transport.
Strategic Engagement & Individual Personal DevelopmentGay-GlosFor work around Hate Crime '“to promote equality and diversity and the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity” and “to advance the education of the public ….. in relation to all aspects of discrimination and the effects of such discrimination on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in such ways as are charitable at law”.