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
New 'crime fighting' role for Countess Bathurst
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Older but not Overlooked - Partners' Day 2017
Projects supported under older but not overlooked
Gloucestershire County CouncilTo provide wider determinants of community safety intelligence and data. The PCC part funds the MAIDeN Offer and is one of several partners.).
Gloucestershire Rural Community Council - GRCCThe project will provide a voluntary befriending service to isolated older people living in and around the Minchinhampton area of the Stroud District. The aim of the project is to help older people feel more secure, cared for and have a better quality of life and to address the feeling of isolation and loneliness.
GL COMMUNITIESThe aim of the project is to support Older but not overlooked people as part of the Social and Community Inclusion Project which supports older people from: • the community, • older people who are living in residential care • Older people living in supported housing. We have over 23 years history of supporting people in the community by having accessible services through the Phoenix Community Centre. We support some of the older vulnerable people in Gloucester. It runs with an open, accessible service that currently support 58 people older and/or with additional needs/ability. We have 4 Care Homes who access our inclusive services which enable them to continue to be a part of our wider safer community. We want to put into place someone who cannot the people who visit us at the Centre and do the community connecting to oversee the development of this venture where older people are at the heart of our work and it gives them space to have new opportunities to take forward what their needs are and co-produce this with our community worker.
Keep SafeAn additional part time post for two years.
Forest Voluntary Action ForumOur goal is to develop and consolidate a multi-association-led and delivered service addressing loneliness and isolation amongst (inter-alia) elderly, disabled, chronically sick, and similarly disadvantaged citizens in the Forest of Dean.