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.
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Projects supported under older but not overlooked
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”.
Money SmartAge UK GloucestershireTo produce an information pack/booklet to help protect older people in the county from financial abuse and advise them on what to do if they feel at risk or have been a victim.
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”.
Bike Shack PlusGL3 Community Hub• The GL3 Community Hub seeks to increase road safety, reduce anti-social behaviour and help young people become active citizens and responsible adults. We will also use the project as a tool to recruit new volunteers and engage with family and older people.
Don't Be TrickedGloucestershire Constabulary - Litotes ForestCrime prevention road shows targeting elderly/vulnerable members of our communities including their carers.