Darker nights are here!

With the clocks going back this weekend, the nights unfortunately will be getting darker much earlier. I know the question as to why we have to change the clocks has been raised many times, but for myself, I do wonder why – I much prefer lighter evenings and hate the thought of going home from work in the dark!

We also have upon us Halloween, Bonfire night and how many days is it before Christmas?  It does mean that more people are going out to various events and shopping and leaving their house  unoccupied.  Do take some simple precautions to protect your home, because burglars will use these opportunities to “shop” for their Christmas presents at your expense!!

  • ensure your home is well lit at all times, by using timer switches inside and external lighting outside
  • always lock your doors and windows
  • set alarms
  • keep valuables out of view and register them on http://www.immobilise.com

Please take care and have a crime free lead up to Christmas!

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Feedback Friday

Continuing our work with domestic abuse victims, from the feedback we receive, we know that we can make a positive difference to their lives – and their children’s.

Some of the feedback we have had over the last few weeks have included:

I feel a lot safer knowing that he can no longer access my home as he had a key. I was physically assaulted in my home and have been very scared about him returning. Thank you”

Before the scheme came to my property, I was so terrified to even leave my house or sleep due to post experiences with my partner. Now having the safety measures in place I feel such a relief and feel I can now live in my property without the anxiety and fear, or not knowing if somebody is entering my property”

Having the locks changed and alarms put up I feel very safe. Now I can go out knowing that I don’t have to come home worried that my ex might have got in with the keys he had for the front door. I can sleep in peace now. Thank you so much”

And from a police officer:

I had cause to ask for the service of the Bobby Scheme  for a victim whose ex partner was due out of prison soon, having been sentenced for an ABH on her. I required additional security for her peace of mind and safety. They were very fast in responding and Steve was able to squeeze the appointment in at short notice. Once he had assessed the house for security, he was able to fit window alarms to the front and back of the house, a mirror for additional front door security and a personal attack alarm. I know that the victim felt really reassured. The additional security and peace of mind that the Bobby Scheme provides is of great value to victims”

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Media attention!

We have had quite a bit of media attention this week!  Not my cup to tea but if it does help promote the work we do and help with attracting funding, then I suppose you have to grin, bear it and go with the flow!

The BBC were putting together a feature about domestic abuse and wanted to know what we do as a charity to support victims.  Radio Cambridgeshire came to interview myself and Jeff and today it was BBC Look East!  I think I  prefer having a face for radio rather than TV!  Neither if I could help it though!  I think Jeff will now be our media spokesperson as he was a natural!

We have been securing the homes of victims of domestic abuse for over 3 years now and the demand for our service in this area increases year by year.  Last year we secured the homes of nearly 300 homes.  We know we do make a real positive difference to the victims and their childrens lives and help them feel safer and more secure and it also enables them to remain in their own home surrounded by family and friends, rather than go into refuge or emergency accommodation.

Funding is a major problem as it cost is over £50,000 last year to support our work with domestic abuse victims. The big question is, how we can support and sustain this critical work without additional funding!

Well – BBC Look East did feature a piece about domestic abuse on Wednesday evening. It mainly concentrated upon panic rooms in Northamptonshire and the piece about the Bobby Scheme was only a very small snapshot – they cut the main part of the interview which was a shame!  However, Radio Cambridgeshire did broadcast a more lengthy interview on the Dottie McLeod show.  If interested you can still hear it for the next 29 days, if you go onto I- Player – its dated 12/10/2016, Dottie McLeod show and broadcast just after 7am.

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Safety Awareness Event

Please come along and join us at our Safety Awareness event next Tuesday 11th October at The Farmers, Yaxley between 10.00 – 1.00pm.

Not only will Jeff, susan and myself be there from the Bobby scheme to explain what we do and show the security devices we install, but other organisations have kindly agreed to attend as well – Safe Local Trades, Age UK, Cambridgeshire Fire Service, Cambridgeshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch.

As well as learning what we do and what help we can all give, there will be free coffee and biscuits and a raffle.

The Farmers have generously provided us with the room free of charge and the refreshments donated by Whiting & Partners, chartered accountants.

Please do come along to support us next Tuesday and learn more how we can help you.

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Royal visit!

The Cambridgeshire Bobby Scheme is celebrating 15 years of service with a royal visit.

Last Friday,  September 23, the Duke of Gloucester visited the scheme to recognise the work of the charity, which has provided support to almost 25,000 vulnerable people in the county over those years.

Lord Lieutenant Sir Hugh Duberly received the Duke and presented him to the Chair of Trustees Judy Pearson, and the Trust staff, who explained the work of the scheme and the impact their work has on the most vulnerable people in the county. He also met some partners, including the Fire Service and Age UK,  and beneficiaries of the charityduke-of-gloucester-visit-2duke-of-gloucester-visit

Shirley Simpson, the charity’s Trust Manager, said: “It was a great honour for the Duke of Gloucester to come and see us and learn about the work we have been doing for the past 15 years.

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Peterborough Predators score a winner!!

I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about the Stuart Allen Memorial Shield ice hockey match held on June 18th between the Peterborough Predators and MK Rumble – an annual match to remember Stuart who tragically died in a car crash on his way back from an ice hockey match at Milton Keynes.  This year the proceeds from the match were being donated to the Bobby Scheme.

Well, I went to the ice ring at Bretton two weeks ago to collect the cheque from Richard Allen and I  was delighted to receive a cheque for £1,127.26

The memorial match is a very special event and its success every year is a testament to how highly regarded people think of Stuart and his family.  We can’t thank everyone involved in raising this incredible amount highly enough for choosing us as their charity this year. We were delighted and honoured to be linked to such a memorable event.stuart-allen-cheque

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Feedback Friday

This is my second consecutive Feedback Friday but I am not going to apologise!

I feel really proud when we receive letters thanking us for our work and commenting on the service provided by Susan, Jeff and Steve.  This letter arrived in our post this week:

My two brothers and I would like to thank the Bobby Scheme for the recent visit by Jeff. he was kind, helpful and very good with our 94 year old father and the service he provided deserves commendation.  The visit followed a number of unwanted calls and subsequent action by the Cambridgeshire Police to prevent the harassment of a vulnerable person living on his own.  Jeff’s security check, active security improvements and reassurance was just what was needed.  Thank you for this excellent service”

Now you can see why I am so proud of my team!!

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