Safer Together Newsletter - January 2022
The end of year update and the way ahead.
The main activity for the Safer Together Team this quarter has been the public consultation on the Police and Crime Commissioners, Crime and Policing Survey. In previous years the consultation has been done on line and whilst this continued this year, we had the opportunity to increase take up by doing public engagement events as well as consulting with our regular group meetings.
A very successful day was spent at Spalding market, followed up by further days in Boston at the Coop and TESCO. Then it was back to Spalding where an armed forces veterans event gave me further opportunities to do some more engagement. Results of the survey will be out soon and will be shared with partners, on our website and sent out via Lincs Alert so another good reason to sign up and I have put details of how in this newsletter.
Other activities this quarter included attending Community Alcohol Partnerships in Boston and Spalding, JUST Lincolnshire hate crime conference and my ongoing participation with the Armed Forces Veterans Board and the Armed Forces Covenant Board. As I am a veteran myself I am pleased to have the opportunity to represent the Office of the police and Crime commissioner at these meetings.
I have also paid a visit to the Carlton Centre in Boston to talk to Dave Swan from Boston Youth Services to talk about services in the area and following discussions within the team this is an area that we are looking to expand this year.
Two ongoing projects that will occupy my time this year will be the Good Neighbour Scheme in Boston and the Mutual Gain project in Sutton Bridge. I will of course still be working closely with the Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Boston and South Holland throughout the year as well as groups like the Boston Central Action Group who I meet with each month.
There are two Men’s Sheds in our area, Long Sutton Men’s Shed based at the Silverwood Centre, St James Rd, Long Sutton and Boston Men’s Shed based at the Fenside Community Centre, Taverner Rd, Boston.
Men’s sheds aim to bring men together with opportunities to socialise, find mutual interest and share skills and experience. Men typically find it more difficult to build social connections than women, an unlike women of a similar age, less older men have networks of friends and rarely share personal concerns about health and personal worries. It is not the case for all men, but for some, when retirement comes it can feel like personal identity and purpose is lost. Men’s Sheds can change all of that.
As a by product of all that they can reduce isolation and feelings of loneliness, they allow men to deal with mental health challenges more easily and remain independent, they rebuild communities and in many cases, they save men’s lives.
I had the pleasure of being shown around the Long Sutton Men’s Shed by Frank Heinrich-Jones and meeting some of those who attended and seeing the range of activities they had on offer. Later that week I also had the opportunity to visit the Boston project. You can find further details on both venues by doing a search on the internet.
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