New project to protect isolated residents in Ceredigion
By Bobby Kelly, Independent Journalist. Last edited 0:15am 15/01/2021.
Dyfed-Powys Police, the Crime Commissioner and members of the Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership, including Council leader with responsibility for community safety, Ellen ap Gwynn, are focusing on a project to reduce vulnerability crimes as the isolation of the most vulnerable increases.
Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership have commissioned training sessions focussing on an “Introduction to Vulnerability Crimes and Information Sharing Procedures.”
Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council with responsibility for community safety said, “COVID-19 has meant that there has been a strong reliance on community and local network support whilst restrictions have remained in place. Our community support group volunteers, town and community councils and 3rd sector organisations have been on the front line in supporting those most isolated within Ceredigion as part of the emergency response.”
A spokesperson for Ceredigion County Council said:
“The project focuses on equipping communities with the necessary knowledge to identify and report to the relevant support agencies should they become concerned that an individual might be at risk of criminal behaviour. Whilst there have been some heart-warming examples of communities pulling together, we have also seen an increase in those attempting to exploit the unfortunate circumstances to their advantage.”
“The sessions are aimed at front line community workers who may come into contact with vulnerable individuals as part of their everyday work or volunteering role. The sessions will provide an overview into what might be considered a vulnerability crime, identifying who might be at risk and signs to look out for, as well as outline how to support and report any concerns to appropriate support agencies.”
“The second element of the project will reinforce the messaging in the training, and focusses on an awareness campaign aimed at the general public which will encourage residents to be the eyes and ears of their communities by outlining signs of concern to be aware of, and how to support and report as necessary.”
The sessions are free of charge and will be delivered virtually in February and March. For more information or to book your place, email: firstname.lastname@example.org