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Between 2012 and 2020 I’ve attended over 710 community meetings to speak to, and hear from, local people about their community safety concerns. Many examples of actions flowing from this, including work on Eston Hills, around motorcycle nuisance in Stockton and ongoing work around ASB in Thornaby.
I also attend and support a variety of community events throughout the year, as part of my community safety roadshow calendar. This has included Middlesbrough Mela, Stockton EID Fusion, Middlesbrough Pride, Festival of Thrift, Kirkleatham, Hartlepool Waterfront Festival, Cleveland Show, plus many local ward-based events. This allows opportunity to engage directly with residents, whilst also providing crime prevention products and advice, alongside information on a range of victim support services available through my commissioned services.
Through my Community Safety Initiatives Fund I have been able to invest over £655,000 to 200 local community safety projects, to help community groups to develop their own local safety schemes and initiatives, including:
Preventing crime and anti-social behaviour in and around several local allotments across the area, with the purchase of over 420 padlocks and alarms for their owners.
Partnered with Home Instead Senior Care Cleveland and the National Trading Standards Scams Team, to help combat fraud in the local community by delivering over 200 scam awareness workshops to help thousands of older people avoid falling victim to mass market scammers, enabling them to continue to live at home, safely and independently.
Soroptomist International Stockton branch were awarded £3,600 to create emergency welfare packs for victims of trafficking. The packs included basic clothing, toiletries and £5 in cash - with an additional 15 mobile phones being made available for victims without one.
I have worked consistently with the football-based anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card, who have reached over 8,000 young people in the last 4 years in sessions in local schools across Cleveland, and I have also supported the MFC Foundation Kicks programme who have delivered training and development sessions with youngsters at risk of offending and similar work with Hartlepool FC.
I introduced an annual Cleveland Community Safety Awards (now joined with Cleveland Police into the ROSE Awards) to recognise outstanding achievements of dozens of employees and volunteers across Cleveland. Some of the excellent range of winners include a PCSO who worked tirelessly to ensure vulnerable Syrian arrivals to his community felt supported and welcomed through the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme, and the private sector home care company who have played an instrumental role in raising community awareness of fraud across thousands of residents in vulnerable groups.
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