How Suffolk is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW

What is #NHCAW?

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#NHCAW stands for National Hate Crime Awareness Week. The week of action takes place between the second to third Saturday in October each year. It aims to bring people together, to stand with those affected by hate crime, to remember those we have lost, and support those who need our ongoing support.

Hate crime social media graphic (2)Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Police are working hard to provide a quality service to victims, their families and the wider community. We work alongside key partners, and communities affected by hate crime to tackle local hate crime issues.

Suffolk has an active Hate Crime Network which brings together a wide range of partners to help support a shared vision of raising awareness of hate crime, encouraging reporting and preventing and challenging prejudices that can lead to acts of hate crime.

#SuffolkStandsTogether

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During this week we will be spreading a message of H.O.P.E.

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Further information on hate crime and where to seek help can be found at:

https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/community-and-safety/crime-and-public-safety/suffolk-hate-crime/

https://www.suffolk.police.uk/about-us/our-policies/hate-crime


Some of the activities happening in Suffolk during the week, and ways in which you can support hate crime awareness week, include:

 

Suffolk Hate Crime Vigil 2018
Monday 15 October 2018 18:30pm at St Edmundsbury Cathedral IP33 1LS
Everyone welcome – no need to book
Contact: Suffolk.hatecrimevigil@gmail.com

FREE e-learning training for partners to raise awareness of what hate crime is and how it effects communities. Over 200 people have already completed this training – we would love it if even more people could complete it during the week!!
Visit: https://suffolk.melearning.university/course_centre

Development of hate crime partnership training: The hate crime network have been successful in receiving a grant from Suffolk Community Foundation, through Suffolk Police & Crime Commissioner’s Fund, to develop and deliver hate crime partnership training. Further developments will be made around releasing this training during the week.

Phoenix Rising, in partnership with Realise Futures, will be delivering workshops across the county to raise awareness of Hate Crime, its impact, how/where to report it and understanding the consequences of Hate Crime.
Contact: Ria Towill – raphoenixrising@outlook.com

Our diverse communities coordinators will also be involved this week.  Below are 3 of the meetings/events. There may be more, if so, we will post them here.

Migrant drop in
Run by Gyros – Volunteering matters
15/10/18 at 1000hrs Ginny Shoesmith
Syrian family resettlement group input. Suffolk Refugee support 15/10/18 at 1500hrs Ginny Shoesmith

 

Ladies group input International Women’s group
Run by Suffolk Refugee Support

17/10/18

Ginny Shoesmith

 

 

For further information on hate crime or hate crime awareness week please contact: Charlotte.Sanderson@suffolk.gov.uk

 

 

Staying Safe at home during Warmer Weather

Whilst many of us enjoy the sun and hot weather, we should make sure we do it safely. Certain groups of people, including the elderly and vulnerable, are more at risk of the effects of heat, and for some it can become dangerous to their health.

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We have some information and guidance here about the best way to stay safe whilst enjoying the weather. Please share the information with friends and family and with any elderly/ vulnerable neighbours, particularly if they are on their own.

 

General Advice during hot weather include:

  • Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • If you go out in the heat walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and a light scarf
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Have plenty of cold drinks and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
  • Eat cold foods particularly salads and fruit with a high water content
  • Take a cool shower bath or body wash
  • Sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck
  • Keeping your living space cool is especially important, particularly for the elderly or those with chronic health conditions or those who can’t look after themselves
  • Place a thermometer in your main living room and bedroom to keep a check on the temperature
  • Keep windows, that are exposed to the sun, shaded and closed during the day and open them at night when the temperature drops
  • Close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun
  • Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment
  • Keep indoor plants and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps cool the air
  • If possible move into cooler room, especially for sleeping


Look Out for Others:

  • Keep an eye on any isolated people that you know to make sure they are able to keep cool
  • Check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during a heat wave
  • Be alert and call a doctor or 111, the NHS Non-emergency service, if someone is unwell or when further help is needed
  • Ensure pets are not left alone in stationary cars

 

Additional Useful Information

 

How can I prepare if a heat-wave is predicted?

Each year the Met Office operates a heat health watch system in England between 1 June to 15 September in association with Public Health England.  The Heat Health Watch Service is designed to help during periods of extreme temperature.


Having a Barbecue?  

BBQYou might take the opportunity during warmer weather to enjoy eating outside and possibly have a barbecue. However, barbecues are involved in many hundreds of accidents in gardens each year, so please be aware of the advice and information given by ROSPA.

 

Tips from Suffolk Fire and Rescue during prolonged periods of hot weather

🔥 Only BBQ at home

🔥 Put out cigarettes properly

🔥 Do not leave glass outside

🚒 Dial 999 if you see a fire

 

 

Above all  Stay Safe

Staying Safe at Outside Events – August 2018

Watching your favourite singer or band from the comfort of your armchair is great, but there’s nothing like being there live on the day. Tickets to big entertainment and sporting events sell out very quickly, which is very disappointing when you’ve really been looking forward to the big day.

This can make it very tempting to buy them from sources other than official websites. If your ticket is found not to be genuine you will be refused entry.  Here is some advice  from Get Safe Online about purchasing tickets.

There are a number of great music events and festivals taking place across the Country in 2018, many of which are happening in Suffolk.   If you are attending, we would like to encourage you to take a few minutes to think about your personal and property safety. In partnership with Suffolk Police, we have produced the ‘staying safe’ messages below. This information is also relevant for any/all large events and gatherings.

Some of the events you may be planning on attending during August may include:

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Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you’re likely to feel disorientated.  You can’t always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely. Some larger festivals may have recharging points.

  • Stick with friends and if you are camping, don’t go back to your tent alone
  • Enjoy the Festival/Event, but look after yourself and your friends
  • Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.

Moderate your alcohol consumption

The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So keep a count of what you are drinking. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink. Don’t ruin your enjoyment of the festival by overdoing it and if the festival goes on for more than one day, give your body a break from the booze on at least one of the days and avoid morning drinking altogether.

Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation

Look After Your Valuables

Concerts and Festivals are not hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen. They are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.

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If you are planning on camping at any of these or future events, check out ROSPA’s safety advice.

Try not to bring valuables like mp3 players or jewellery with you.

  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
  • Do not leave valuables in your tent
  • If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle

Report any suspicious persons to a member of security at the event or to the Camp site Assistance Team. There are usually a number of Festival and Town Pastors also in attendance at many of the larger events.  These are people who will help anyone who needs assistance.

Please take some time to consider your personal safety and remain vigilant so you don’t become a victim of theft or any other crime.

Most Importantly
Have a wonderful time and Stay Safe

Staying Safe at Outside Events – July 2018

Watching your favourite singer or band from the comfort of your armchair is great, but there’s nothing like being there live on the day. Tickets to big entertainment and sporting events sell out very quickly, which is very disappointing when you’ve really been looking forward to the big day.

This can make it very tempting to buy them from sources other than official websites. If your ticket is found not to be genuine you will be refused entry.  Here is some advice  from Get Safe Online about purchasing tickets.

There are a number of great music events and festivals taking place across the Country in 2018, many of which are happening in Suffolk.   If you are attending, we would like to encourage you to take a few minutes to think about your personal and property safety. In partnership with Suffolk Police, we have produced the ‘staying safe’ messages below. This information is also relevant for any/all large events and gatherings.

Some of the events you may be planning on attending during July may include:

Audience Shot

Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you’re likely to feel disorientated.  You can’t always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely. Some larger festivals may have recharging points.

  • Stick with friends and if you are camping, don’t go back to your tent alone
  • Enjoy the Festival/Event, but look after yourself and your friends
  • Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.

Moderate your alcohol consumption

The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So keep a count of what you are drinking. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink. Don’t ruin your enjoyment of the festival by overdoing it and if the festival goes on for more than one day, give your body a break from the booze on at least one of the days and avoid morning drinking altogether.

Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation

Look After Your Valuables

Concerts and Festivals are not hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen. They are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.

Camping 1

If you are planning on camping at any of these or future events, check out ROSPA’s safety advice.

Try not to bring valuables like mp3 players or jewellery with you.

  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
  • Do not leave valuables in your tent
  • If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle

Report any suspicious persons to a member of security at the event or to the Camp site Assistance Team. There are usually a number of Festival and Town Pastors also in attendance at many of the larger events.  These are people who will help anyone who needs assistance.

Please take some time to consider your personal safety and remain vigilant so you don’t become a victim of theft or any other crime.

Most Importantly
Have a wonderful time and Stay Safe

Staying Safe at Outside Events – June 2018

Watching your favourite singer or band from the comfort of your armchair is great, but there’s nothing like being there live on the day. Tickets to big entertainment and sporting events sell out very quickly, which is very disappointing when you’ve really been looking forward to the big day.

This can make it very tempting to buy them from sources other than official websites. If your ticket is found not to be genuine you will be refused entry.  Here is some advice  from Get Safe Online about purchasing tickets.

There are a number of great music events and festivals taking place across the Country in 2018, many of which are happening in Suffolk.   If you are attending, we would like to encourage you to take a few minutes to think about your personal and property safety. In partnership with Suffolk Police, we have produced the ‘staying safe’ messages below. This information is also relevant for any/all large events and gatherings.

Some of the events you may be planning on attending during June may include:

Audience Shot

Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you’re likely to feel disorientated.  You can’t always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely. Some larger festivals may have recharging points.

  • Stick with friends and if you are camping, don’t go back to your tent alone
  • Enjoy the Festival/Event, but look after yourself and your friends
  • Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.

Moderate your alcohol consumption

The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So keep a count of what you are drinking. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink. Don’t ruin your enjoyment of the festival by overdoing it and if the festival goes on for more than one day, give your body a break from the booze on at least one of the days and avoid morning drinking altogether.

Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation

Look After Your Valuables

Concerts and Festivals are not hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen. They are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.

Camping 1

If you are planning on camping at any of these or future events, check out ROSPA’s safety advice.

Try not to bring valuables like mp3 players or jewellery with you.

  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
  • Do not leave valuables in your tent
  • If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle

Report any suspicious persons to a member of security at the event or to the Camp site Assistance Team. There are usually a number of Festival and Town Pastors also in attendance at many of the larger events.  These are people who will help anyone who needs assistance.

Please take some time to consider your personal safety and remain vigilant so you don’t become a victim of theft or any other crime.

Most Importantly
Have a wonderful time and Stay Safe

Be Prepared, Take Care and Stay Safe this Winter

Healthy Suffolk logoPublic Health and NHS

Suffolk Public Health and the NHS tells us that each winter is difficult for the health system across England, and Suffolk.  We are seeing increasing numbers of people living better for longer. This also means there are more people living with long term health conditions.

There are a number of things you can do, or help someone you care for to do, to ensure that you don’t get caught out this winter:

  • Be prepared – stock up with cold remedies, pain killers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, stave off upset stomachs with anti-diarrhoea and rehydration mixtures, and keep plasters and bandages on hand for any cuts or scrapes.
  • Get a flu vaccination – it will keep you from having a long recovery from this nasty illness, so book an appointment to get one if you haven’t already. People aged 65 or over, or have a long-term health condition or are pregnant are entitled to a free jab.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly – for the time it takes you to sing happy birthday through twice, use hot water and soap to wash away all kinds of viruses from colds and diarrhoea to so much more.
  • Seek help from your pharmacist – they are qualified health professionals who can advise on everything from a cold to long-term conditions.  This is often the best and quickest way to get well. Your pharmacist will let you know if a GP appointment is required. Pharmacies are one of the most accessible sources of advice, with many open long hours incl. evenings and weekends.
  • Eat well and drink at least eight cups of fluids a day – it keeps your brain and body working well.
  • Keep your home warm – By setting your heating to the right temperature (between 18° – 21°C or 64°- 70°F) can keep you well, especially avoiding chest infections. If you have a disability, are over 65 or live with children aged under 5 ring this local rate number 03456 037 686 for free advice on heating your home
  • Not feeling well – If you are unsure if you need urgent or emergency care, please call NHS 111 – trained professionals are on hand to guide you.
  • Beat the winter blues – talk to someone. Talk about your anxieties with someone else, a friend, relative or a group such as the Samaritans. Talking about the things that are worrying you can make a big difference. It is easy to get help from the Suffolk Well being Service too. This is a free NHS service, suitable for people aged 16 + living in Suffolk. You can phone them on 0300 123 1781 or refer yourself via their website.

Do you have any Elderly and Vulnerable Neighbours?

Are you able to spend a few minutes to ensure that: On their own

  • they are not alone all the time
  • their paths are clear of snow and ice
  • they have plenty of food in
  • they are warm enough
  • they have sufficient medication to get through the holiday period
  • if they can use the internet, that they know where to look for information and support

Further information and support

Visiting friends and family, or just venturing out, keep up to date with the latest road, rail and weather news.

E-Safety – Staying Safe On-line

E-safety is a term which means not only the internet but other ways in which young people communicate using electronic media, e.g. mobile phones.  How can people protect themselves, their parents, and their children from deliberate hurt, humiliation, harassment, intimidation or threatening someone else, whilst using the internet or a mobile phone?

Social Media is such an easy way to stay in touch, contact friends and share photos, but increasingly ‘security’ has become more and more of an issue.

Top 5 E-Safety Tips

  1. Install Firewall/Security Software and Backup your data
  2. Activate Parental Controls
  3. Talk to, and understand, how your children are communicating with ‘Friends’
  4. Set up Strong Passwords for each App, something that you don’t use anywhere else
  5. Avoid Oversharing, you don’t know who’s looking at your Social Media

Firewall/Security Software/Internet Safety

Firewalls ImageInstall a firewall. It acts as a  barrier between the internet and your own computer. Get Safe On-line says it’s like having your own dedicated security guard who stops anyone coming into your computer if they’re not on the guest list.

Which has recommendations on How to choose the best anti virus software

The internet enables you to carry out everyday tasks online.  Read the news, enjoy entertainment, book our holidays, shop, contact friends and do your banking.  However there are a number of risks associated with going online to be aware of.

Regularly back up your data. The information held on your computer may be irreplaceable.

Use Parental Controls

Do you know how to set up filters on your home internet to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home? NO!

The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. They have come together with UK Safer Internet Centre to produce these helpful video guides to help you to download and set-up the controls offered by your provider.
Parental Controls

Parental Control Tips

Talk to your Children

New Digital Resilience Content for Parents from Internet Matters

This content has been developed with Dr Linda Papadopoulos, child psychologist and Internet Matters Ambassador.  There are 5 new videos. You can view them either from the website page below or on YouTube here:

  • Digital Resilience for parents with 6-10’s
  • Digital Resilience for parents with 11-13
  • Digital Resilience for parents with 14+
  • Overview video of what does digital resilience mean
  • Parenting styles video which is critical in developing a resilient child

There are also 5 supporting infographics which can be printed or downloaded. Again these can be accessed on the web link below; an example can be found here.
You can access all the videos, infographics and further content at  www.internetmatters.org/advice/digital-resilience-toolkit/

Internet Matters also has a Free App to download, designed to help parents to talk to their children.


Planning to talk to your child about sex, relationships and their lives online can be tricky

You can find lots of advice about these complex areas from the National Crime Agency ‘Talking to children about online safety’.

ThinkUKnow about Staying Safe on Line

Do you know about the Parent Lounge? Parents LoungeThey have live advice and tips, covering a range of difficult topics chosen by parents. Worth seeing if they have answers to any questions your looking for!

Their Parents Helpline has experts who give their advice and tips on a range of topics chosen by you, from how to have difficult conversations with your child, to managing anxiety in children.

 

Social Media

There are things you can do to help keep your Facebook account secure, including creating a strong password that you don’t use on other websites.

Keeping your Facebook Account Secure

There are also things you can do to help keep your Twitter account secure,

Twitter Account Security Tips

 

Consider who is going to see your postingHow to avoid Oversharing on Social Media

There are several ways to avoid oversharing on social media.  Be mindful of your security when using social media, and avoid using check-in and automatic location functions. Consider who is going to see your postings!

 

Helping Children and Young People to Stay Safe Online

Children and young people are worried about cyberbullying and internet safety.  Here are some top tips from Safety Net Kids on how to deal with cyberbullying, how to stay safe online and how to stay safe using mobile phones.

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Sexting warnings
A recent article in the East Anglian Daily Daily Times quoted Suffolk Police saying that “Suffolk’s children face a “sexting pandemic” – with explicit images being used to exploit, blackmail and sham victims.

 

Suffolk County Council also has lots of practical online safety advice, information and guidance to help reduce the risks of using the internet. There is also a quick guide for parents on “apps and gaming online” available from Suffolk County Council. This quick guide highlights those that might create risky situations for children. The pages are constantly updated!

Suffolk County Council’s 2016 cybersurvey was aimed at making it easier for more young people and vulnerable adults to share how they use the internet and social media, and the experiences they have had – whether positive or negative.  Key findings from the 2017 cybersurvey will be presented at the 2018 annual online safety conference in February, alongside the full report.

Lots more useful E-Safety information can be found on these websites:

Safer Internet
Get Safe On-line
Internet Matters
NSPCC On-line Safety
Childline Staying Safe On-line
Safety Net Kids
BBC Webwise
Think U Know
Age UK Internet Security

You can continue to follow our E-safety information on our Social Media on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SuffolkEsafety.