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
Maybe it's an ill wind, but crime is still lower in Gloucestershire
Older but not Overlooked - Partners' Day 2017
Projects supported under older but not overlooked
Kingfisher ChurchThe outreach project for the elderly aims to reach older people in Gloucester City through a regular ‘drop in’ coffee morning. This will be a space currently being renovated space in Westgate Street, Gloucester. We also aim to develop the space to be a safe place the elderly can go to when in town and feeling unsafe.
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.
Gloucestershire Association for Voluntary & Community Action - GAVCAThe aim of this project is to increase the number of high quality volunteering opportunities within communities in Gloucestershire that will contribute towards community safety, crime reduction and, in particular, the Police and Crime Plan priorities.
GL11 Community HubThe project aims to provide a system of support and opportunity to engage older people within the community so that they feel integrated, supported, valued and safe. The mix of community development work and community café becomes financially self-supporting after 3 years, so that this project will provide a permanent and sustainable community service and focus when the funding ends.
Forest of Dean District CouncilSchool dementia board games developed locally which enables conversations and information to be given in an informal, interactive and fun way. It also ensures that we are able to reach people of different abilities and learning styles - visual, audio and kinaesthetic (ie doing things) and breaks down barriers for those who may be otherwise nervous to ask a question or put forward their thoughts.