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
Community Safety & EngagementForest of Dean Community Safety Partnership - CSPTo extend the hours of the existing community engagement team to be able to coordinate partners and communities to specifically tackle community safety issues by building on what already exists both within the team in knowledge, experience, skills and commitment within the community by identifying community assess and developing them.
Target HardeningMEARSTo 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.
Roots coffee and communityRoots coffee and communityRoots ultimately aims to make Kingsholm and more positive, safer, friendlier, supportive and healthier place to live, and to help combat loneliness and reduce social isolation. We aim to provide a “third space” for people to gather and to find support and friendship. We aim to provide a space where people can volunteer their time and skills to give back and to get involved in their community. Roots also aims to be a self-sustaining project which can cover it's core costs by generating it's own income. There are no share holders so any profit is able to be used to further the wider aims of the project for community benefit.
BefriendingGloucestershire 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.
Community Safety ConsultantCommunity Safety ConsultantPolice and Crime Priority lead for “Older but not Overlooked” makes sure older and vulnerable people in our communities are valued and not disregarded. The aim is to make people more CONFIDENT, CARED-FOR AND CONNECTED and consequently reduce fear of crime and the opportunity of being a victim.