Keeping residents safe this winter
More than 150 people attended a series of events last week providing information and support to older people living in the borough and those who care for them. The events were organised by the Welwyn Hatfield Community Safety Partnership and supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner’ Citizens’ Academy programme.

During the events a number of organisations were on hand to provide advice and information on staying safe and keeping well, as well as activities and services which are available to provide support. These included TurningPoint, Crossroads Care, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Trading Standards, Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust, Citizens Advice Bureau and Neighbourhood Watch.

The events were held during the first week of December at Woodhall Community Hall, Welwyn Garden City, Verulam Sheltered Scheme, Welwyn Garden City, the Jim McDonald Centre, Hatfield and Glebe Court, Hatfield.

As a result many signed up to Neighbourhood Watch, a scheme proved to encourage neighbourliness and reduce crime.

Chair of the Welwyn Hatfield Community Safety Partnership, Sian Chambers, said:  “The Welwyn Hatfield Community Safety Partnership is working to keep the borough safe for everyone but we’re also here to help local people look after themselves and to do that we need to understand each person needs.  It’s great that this week’s events were so popular, and we hope that the partnership can arrange more in 2015, reaching even more people and their carers.” 

The project is being supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire through his Citizens’ Academy programme.  Commissioner David Lloyd initiated the programme as part of his 2013-2018 Police and Crime Plan ‘Everybody’s Business’.  The aim of the Citizens’ Academy is to involve people across all ages and backgrounds to interact with the police and other agencies, becoming active ‘crime prevention partners’, equipping them with the resilience and skills to keep themselves and their communities safe. 

Commissioner Lloyd said: “I am delighted to support the first Citizens’ Academy pilot in Welwyn Hatfield and I hope that the residents involved found it helpful and engaging as well as helping them to feel safer.

“The idea of my Citizens’ Academy is to raise levels of awareness and understanding to the extent that the people of all ages and backgrounds want to become ‘active citizens’ involved in crime fighting – perhaps as a member of Neighbourhood Watch or a Police Community Volunteer, or a young person joining the police cadets.”

If you or anyone you know would like extra help and support, or to be sure their needs are recognised, the name and address can be logged on a list securely held by the local police on behalf of the Partnership.