Be Prepared, Take Care and Stay Safe this Christmas

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Suffolk Public Health
and NHS tells us that last year winter was difficult for the health system across England, and Suffolk was no exception. For years health systems have seen increasing numbers of people who are living better for longer. This also means there are more people with several long term 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.
  • Check your smoke alarms – with the Christmas preparations in full swing, don’t forget to ensure that your smoke alarms are in working order.
  • 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. Here are the Norfolk and Suffolk christmas-and-new-year-pharmacy-opening-times
  • 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) you 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 for free advice on heating your home. 03456 037 686
  • 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 Wellbeing 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 over the Christmas and New Year Period

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

 

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Community Speed Watch

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Do you…

  • Have any spare time?
  • Want to reduce the speed of vehicles in your community?
  • Have young children?
  • Have pets that may wander around your neighbourhood?

Community Speed Watch makes a valuable contribution to road safety within the Ipswich District and we seek additional volunteers.  The police will provide the right level of reassurance and enforcement but officers cannot always carry out speed enforcement checks in every location that wants them on a regular basis.

Can you spare 1 hour a week?

Why not get together with like-minded members of the community and use speed detection equipment to monitor traffic speeds in your community.  This will help to raise awareness and the dangers of speeding in order to help improve the safety of your community.

Check out What’s involved

A film has been produced which explains how communities can work together to reduce speeding in their area.

So if you can spare a little of your time and are interested in joining there are a number of ways you can speak to someone about it.  You can contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team, or Email: communityspeedwatch@suffolk.pnn.police.uk
or Call 101 and ask for your local Safer Neighbourhood Team.

More information can be found in this leaflet.

 

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) What are the Signs?

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Child Sexual Exploitation is defined by the NSPCC as a form of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.  Warning signs for sexual exploitation can be hard to identify and can be easily be mistaken for ‘normal’ teenage behaviour.  However, the signs to look out for include:

  • Young people involved in abusive relationships, intimidated and fearful of certain people or situations
  • Young people hanging out with older people or anti-social groups or with other vulnerable peers, including others involved with CSE
  • Young people getting involved in gangs, gang fights and gang membership;
  • Having older boy or girlfriends
  • Having new things like clothes or mobile phones which they can’t or won’t explain
  • Having access to drugs or alcohol
  • Spending time at places of concern such as hotels or known brothels
  • Young people who don’t know where they are because they have been moved around the country
  • Young people that go missing from home, care or education

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Crimestoppers
 is making a stance to demonstrate that child exploitation will not be tolerated. The independent charity is working to educate communities about the threat of CSE by highlighting the signs and explaining how the public can report if they think it’s happening to someone they know.Crimestoppers CSE Image

As Crimestoppers is an independent anonymous charity, they can provide a unique service by allowing those who are perhaps closer to the victims or offenders to report what they know, without any fear of being identified.

When you give information to Crimestoppers they will never asked you your name, no personal information is taken, calls are not recorded. They cannot trace your call or IP addresses of your computer or mobile device. You do not have to go to court or give a statement to the police. Crimestoppers are a safe alternative for those who do not wish to go to the Police. As such, they provide the police and other law enforcement with information which they might otherwise not have had access to.

The Crimestoppers Fearless brand also helps to engage young people through the use of the fearless.org website. Often young people don’t recognise the signs of being in a coercive relationship. The Fearless campaign aims to help young people to identify the signs of potential exploitation, and give them a means to report what is happening.

Suffolk Police are taking steps to raise awareness of CSE, and Crimestoppers can provide the strong call to action for those who are fearful of reporting it to the relevant authorities. In the case of young people, if they feel uncomfortable about discussing these issues with a teacher, parent or other adult, Fearless provides them with another option.

Crimestoppers is working with Suffolk Police to target parents, teachers, youth workers and young people themselves, to raise awareness across the Suffolk of the signs of CSE. It will raise public awareness and understanding of the signs to look out for. Leaflets and other marketing materials will be distributed across Suffolk to support this campaign.

Flyer ImageHere are some Crimestoppers CSE flyers which you can download to display and distribute.

If you are concerned that a young person may be subject to CSE, please contact the police on 101 (or 999 in an emergency) or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  The NSPCC also run a helpline on 0800 800 5000.

 

Stay Safe This Christmas

Stay Safe

As in previous years, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Police Community Safety Teams, together with many Partners, have put together this year’s Christmas Advent Calendar Campaign.  The aim of the campaign is to communicate, inform and generate more awareness about Social Responsibility and Staying Safe.

Staying Safe this Christmas campaign messages are about personal safety, property and home security, alcohol misuse, vulnerable people, and much much more.  Individual messages will published in a traditional Advent Calendar style on Social Media via Safer Suffolk Communities Facebook page and on Twitter via @SaferSuffolk using the hashtag #StaySafeThisChristmas.

We cannot hope to deliver all we would wish to achieve without the support of all of our Partners, so we would like to say a big Thank You to everyone for their input.   I would also like to encourage everyone reading this Blog to circulate it and Re-Tweet and Share the daily Advent Calendar messages to your colleagues, networks, family and friends.

The first Stay Safe This Christmas tip is from Suffolk Trading Standards.

When purchasing Christmas presents there is a website you can use to search for genuine products from brand owner approved shops. 

So as it’s 1 December, go ahead and click on the Advent Calendar window below to open the Christmas Staying Safe link for today.  Keep following us Twitter and Facebook for each new #StaySafeThisChristmas message.

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Be careful when purchasing gifts on-line

Staying Safe this Christmas Time

Stay Safe

Suffolk County Council Community Safety Team, working with partners from across the County including, Suffolk Constabulary Community Safety, Suffolk Trading Standards, Suffolk Fire and Rescue, Public Heath and the Voluntary Sector, have put together this year’s Christmas Advent Calendar Campaign.  The aim of the campaign is to communicate, inform and generate more awareness about Staying Safe this Christmas time.

Staying Safe this Christmas campaign messages are about personal safety, property and home security, alcohol misuse, vulnerable people, and much much more.  Individual messages will published in a traditional Advent Calendar style on Social Media through Facebook and on Twitter using the hashtag #AdventCalendar.

If you are not following us on Social Media yet, then you can do this on Twitter via @SaferSuffolk and our Safer Suffolk Communities Facebook page.

We cannot deliver all we would wish to achieve without the support of all of our partners, so we would like to a big Thank You to everyone for their input.   I would also like to encourage everyone reading this Blog to circulate it and Re-Tweet and Share the daily Advent Calendar messages to your colleagues, networks, family and friends.

So as it’s 1 December, go ahead and click on the Advent Calendar window below to open the Christmas Staying Safe message for today.  Then keep following on Twitter and Facebook to open each new Advent Calendar message.

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Meet Suffolk County Council’s Community Safety Team

Let me introduce you to Suffolk County Council’s Community Safety Team.  Apart from their individual roles, all the team work closely together, and with partners, to ensure that you feel safe and secure in your own home and in your community.

Partners include, all Suffolk County Council Directorates, District and Borough Councils, Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Norfolk and Suffolk Criminal Justice Board, together with very many organisations and charities within the Private and Voluntary Sector. Working collaboratively together in this way, and by having a strong commitment, contributes significantly to making Suffolk one of the safest places to live, work and visit.

Meet the Team

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Mark
Mark Skillin, Community Safety Manager – Supports the Community Safety Team, County Councillors and Partners in achieving the best services possible for the people of Suffolk.
Contact: mark.skillin@suffolk.gov.uk

 

Chris
Chris Woods, Lead for Restorative Approaches, CSPs and the National Call Blocking project.  RA teaches: To earn Respect you need to give Respect!
Contact: chris.woods@suffolk.gov.uk
Twitter:  

 

Debbie
Debbie Charles, Lead for Suffolk Hate Crime Service. The service provides support for victims of Hate Crime and delivers Hate and Mate Crime training and awareness raising.
Contact: deborah.charles@suffolk.gov.uk  Twitter: 

 

Taz


Taz Hussain, Hate Crime Officer.  Supporting victims of Hate & Mate Crime reported to Suffolk Hate Crime Service and liaise with 3rd Party Reporting Centres.
Contact: taz.hussain@suffolk.gov.uk

 

Dave


Dave Gilson
, Police employee working within the Suffolk Hate Crime Service supporting victims of Hate & Mate Crime.
Contact: Dave.Gilson@suffolk.gov.uk

 

 

Shirley
Shirley Osborne, Lead for the Domestic Abuse Partnership and DA Strategy and Training. Working with partners to prevent domestic homicide and improve services for victims and families
Contact: shirley.osbourne@suffolk.gov.uk
New Website:  http://www.newdawnsuffolk.co.uk/

 

Charlotte


Charlotte Sanderson
, Lead for Anti-Social Behaviour. Bringing together ASB leads across the county to share best practice and problem solve.
Contact: charlotte.sanderson@suffolk.gov.uk

 

SueSue Burstall, Lead for Homeshield and Community Safety Social Media. Homeshield enables front line officers, who work with vulnerable people, to make referrals about other issues.  Social Media is a great medium to keep communities informed.
Contact: sue.burstall@suffolk.gov.uk
Twitter:   and Safer Suffolk Communities on Facebook

 

Marika

Marika Bourget, Lead for analysis and evidence based information and research. This information also aids Councillors and managers to make good decisions.

Contact: marika.bourget@suffolk.gov.uk

 

Community Safety is all about keeping the people of Suffolk Safe…it’s what we do!
We lead the way in Suffolk for many cutting edge services, delivering training and intervention awareness, we well as supporting victims, colleagues and councillors.

We all have an important part to play in keeping Suffolk Safer

 

Ipswich Vulnerability Impact Night

A Vulnerability Impact Night is being held on Saturday 27 September 2014 in Ipswich town centre.

The aim of the vulnerability impact night is to bring together a number of different agencies to identify and assist those who are vulnerable during the night time economy period on a Saturday night. The aims of the operation are to reduce the risk of harm to vulnerable people through victimisation, to reduce the risk to vulnerable people caused by alcohol and drugs and improve the public/licensees awareness in spotting someone who is vulnerable due to a number of different factors. We also aim to improve the public confidence and perception of the Police and partners in caring for vulnerable people.

Police Officers and partner agencies will be looking for people who are potentially vulnerable due to their drunkenness, being separated from friends, emotional state, mental ill health or victims of crime and trying to assist them in making sure they are safe for the evening. This will be achieved in a number of different ways such as, having them looked after to sober up, making sure they can get home, getting them medical treatment or any other way depending on the situation.

We wish to raise people’s awareness of the vulnerability factors and potential hazards involved in binge drinking.

Working in partnership to keep the people of Suffolk Safe