I attended a very interesting and informative meeting organised by the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner last week. All those who attended were providing a service to victims of crime in the county – and what an amazing group of people were there – all providing such a fantastic service to help victims cope and recover from their traumatic and horrendous experiences.
We were given insight into the new sexual violence support service for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; the new Elms SARC facility based at Hinchingbrooke Hospital that offers free support and practical help to anyone in Cambridgeshire who has experienced sexual abuse; and the Victim Support Homicide service.
We were given the opportunity to share what positive work we were all doing as well, from organisations such as the Road Victims trust and Cambridge Women’s Aid. Cambridge Women’s Aid is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year – I agree with what was said in that on one hand it is a celebration of a brilliant service in the city, but on the other hand it means that domestic abuse is still a major issue after all these years and there are still victims suffering this terrible crime.
We are blessed in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to have so many valuable organisations that can provide that vital support for victims and I was privileged to be with so many last week.
We often have police officers who are on their training go out on visits with Steve and Jeff as part of their community placement experience. Many have heard very little about the scheme so its good for them get a taste of the work we do and the impact we have on victims’s lives. This is the feedback from two officers who went out with the boys last week:
“I went out with Steve from the Bobby Scheme last week for my community engagement during my police training. I had a small awareness when I first went out with Steve but after two days with him I left with a large amount of knowledge and passion for the Bobby Scheme. It is an amazing charity that focuses solely on helping people and making people feel safe in their own homes. Steve is extremely passionate about his job and this portrays with every job he deals with. The feedback from both victims and self-referred individuals was so positive and it really does show the change this scheme makes to their life.
I really enjoyed my time out with the Bobby Scheme and cannot wait to tell others about what the scheme can provide them. Thank you for having me!” Alex
“I feel that the service the Bobby Scheme offers for victims and members of the public is very beneficial. It was good to learn and to see how the bobbies secure victims homes and to see the deterrents that they can use to help prevent crime. They also offer a lot of safety and fire advice and reassurance which makes such a difference to those who need it to make them feel safer in their own homes.” Milly
We are seeking your help in voting for us in the hope of securing an award of up to £7000. Hopkins Homes has chosen the Bobby Scheme as one of six shortlisted organisations. The charity with the most votes will receive £7000, the second £2000 and the third £1000.
All you have to do is between today February 6th and February 24th, click onto Hopkins Homes website to www.hopkinshomescharity.co.uk, click on Vote Now, tick The Bobby Scheme and add your postcode [ to prove you live in Cambridgeshire].
The vote is a fantastic opportunity for you to support our work. We are always seeking funding to continue our service and should we be awarded the £7,000 it will make an enormous difference to helping vulnerable people – the elderly, the vulnerable, the disabled and domestic abuse victims, feel safer in their home.
PLEASE do support us and vote, and circulate to all your colleagues, friends and relations and ask them to vote for us as well.
Next Tuesday 7th February is Safer Internet Day and the theme is “Be the change: unite for a better internet”.
Cyber crime is on the increase as more and more of us use the internet for shopping, banking, social networking etc. The following top 5 tips will help you to stay safer online:
- Choose passwords carefully and use a different one for every online account.
- Ensure you have security software loaded in computers and a similar app on mobile devices
- Never reveal too much personal or financial information in emails or on social networking sites
- Online or on the phone, people are not always who they claim to be. Don’t click on links or open attachments if the source isn’t known and trustworthy
- Always remember, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is!
Visit http://www.getsafeonline.org for free expert advice about all aspects of staying safe online
I can’t praise my team enough for the commitment and dedication they give in providing a first class service to our most vulnerable residents.
From Susan contacting victims to ask if they would like a visit – one lady rang back to say what a wonderful, lovely and professional lady she was – she completely put her at ease; to Steve and Jeff who visit the victims in their homes , fit the security devices and provide reassurance and help the victims recover from the trauma of such a horrible incident:
” I just wanted to say how pleased I was with the visit to my brother by Jeff. The items fitted and the way he dealt with my brother was brilliant and I can’t thank him enough”
“I consider the service outstanding. We are delighted with the help we have been given and the courtesy shown by Steve. Thank you so much”
“Your visit has been such a benefit to me because I feel scared at night time. He explained everything to me and reassured me. He is a real gentleman and very polite, plus putting security alarms on doors and windows. Brilliant”
Thank you Susan, Steve and Jeff!
We have recently received a number of calls from people telling us that they have had cold calls from security companies trying to sell them security systems and what should they do.
It is never advisable to purchase from someone cold calling at the door or by telephone. Many companies are genuine, however, there are some that are not and use very persuasive tactics, give unclear contracts, sell over priced systems and do raise the fear of crime.
Always check the details of the company.
Always obtain at least 2/3 written quotations from different companies
Use companies that are registered with the Independent Inspectorate Bodies such as NSI or SSAIB
Ask friends and family if they can recommend companies
Visit http://www.safelocaltrades.com – this is a local website providing a register of recommended traders in the PE postcode area. All the traders are interviewed, criminal record checked and vetted and have genuine reviews from satisfied customers.
A belated happy new year to everyone who has supported us, worked with us, benefited from our services in 2016! I hope your new year resolutions that you have made are still going strong!
My wishes for 2017 are very simple – for everyone to be kind to each other and to help one another – no fighting, no terrorism, no disasters, no crime! I know its just a dream but one can hope.
I do have an exciting year ahead – I am to be a grandparent, twice, so my wishes above are even more important to me.
Wishes aside, the Bobby Scheme is looking forward to continuing our work and providing a service to everyone who wants our help in 2017, and to working once again with all the amazing organisations who we were privileged to work with last year.