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Work starts on a new community safety partnership hub for Renfrewshire

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Construction work has started on a new partnership location for community safety services in Renfrewshire.

The new Renfrewshire Community Safety Partnership Hub is being built on the site of the former District Court in Mill Street, Paisley.

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The new facility will be home to the Renfrewshire Community Safety Partnership, which includes officers from Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

The partnership coordinates the work of community safety activities such as police, fire, wardens, antisocial behaviour investigators and noise enforcement officers.

The hub will incorporate a new integrated control room for monitoring and analysing CCTV cameras in public spaces across Renfrewshire and is part of a £1.3m programme that includes the upgrading and extension of the current CCTV camera network.

Councillor Tommy Williams, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said:

“Community safety is a key priority for Renfrewshire Council and our community planning partners.

“Bringing the council’s wardens, noise enforcement and antisocial behaviour investigations services together in a modern, purpose-built facility alongside our key community planning partners in the police and fire and rescue services will allow us to deliver better, more joined-up solutions for community safety in Renfrewshire.

“We want to build on our strong track record of tackling antisocial behaviour in Renfrewshire.

“We upgraded our public space CCTV coverage to a new state-of-the-art digital system last year.

“The new control room will allow us to provide an even better service to deter crime and antisocial behaviour and improve the way we analyse incidents.”

Chief Superintendent Jim Downie of Police Scotland said:

“Our focus is local policing, serving the public and keeping our communities safe; and we cannot achieve this alone.

“We have achieved sustainable solutions to many local issues through first class partnerships with Renfrewshire Council, the fire and rescue and health services, and other members of Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership.

“The new community safety partnership hub will allow partners to continue to address the community’s concerns, protecting the public and those who are most vulnerable in our communities.

“By working closely together in this way we are helping to make Renfrewshire a safer place to live in, work in and visit.”

The community safety partnership hub is expected to be fully operational by the summer.

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I Am Me Raising Awareness of Disability Hate Crime and Harassment

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I Am Me – Raising Awareness of Disability Hate Crime and Harassment

Do you work in or have a business in Renfrewshire?

Did you know that many disabled people do not participate in community life due to fear of harassment and abuse?

In Renfrewshire, there are 36,000 people registered as disabled or having a long term illness. • 90% of those with learning difficulties in the UK say they have been bullied or harassed in the year previous.

• 47% of those with learning difficulties have been frightened or attacked due to their disability.
• Of that 47%, 35% were assaulted, 18% were robbed, and 15% spat on.
• 47% of people with learning difficulties do not feel safe in their own homes, or if they leave home and venture into the local area, or decide to use public transport.
• In the UK 90% of people with learning disabilities said they had been bullied or harassed in the preceding year. (mencap)
• 97% of disability hate crime and 99% of mate crime currently going unreported. (Mencap)

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The I Am Me (Renfrewshire) community project and Police Scotland have developed a Keep Safe scheme to help make communities a safer place for vulnerable and disabled people to participate in every day community living.

What is Keep Safe?
Keep Safe is a Police led initiative that works with local vulnerable and disabled people and local businesses.

How does it work?
Disabled people are offered a Keep Safe card which holds information about their disability, communication needs, medical requirements and contact details for a carer, family member or friend.
Participating businesses are provided with a window sticker and a Keep Safe pack. If a disabled or vulnerable person requires assistance, they will enter the Keep Safe premises. Staff will assist the person, which may be something as simple as offering directions. If there is an incident of harassment or abuse, the staff member can use the contact card or contact the police if the incident is serious.

How will this help?
Many disabled or vulnerable people are frightened to go to the shops for fear of harassment and abuse. Keep Safe will help ensure people that communities are working together and there are places that they can seek assistance if required.

How do I participate?
We are looking for businesses to join Keep Safe. If you would like to participate, please contact the project iammeproject@yahoo.co.uk or the police. There is no cost to the business and we will advertise all participating Keep Safe premises within our website, publications and within the local disability groups.

Is this just a Renfrewshire initiative?
The initiative was developed in Renfrewshire, but is likely to be rolled out nationally.

Please help nominate us.
The project has been nominated for the national diversity awards and people can vote for the project at the following link https://nominate.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominate/endorse/5395?org=False

Useful Links

Web: www.iammescotland.co.uk
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acebook: www.facebook.com/iammeproject
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witter: https://twitter.com/iammescotland

Now a Paisley.org.uk Partner which means both organisations promote each other in mutual support of each other..

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Keep Safe Initiative

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Keep Safe Initiative.

Police Scotland and community group I Am Me are working together to set up a Keep Safe Initiative. The Keep Safe initiative is the first of its kind in Scotland and aims to encourage disabled people to live an ordinary life and to raise awareness of, and increase reports of disability hate crime. The Keep Safe initiative will work with a network of local shops, businesses etc to create safe places for disabled people to go if they are lost, scared or if they are the victim of crime.

Keep Safe places can be easily recognised with an I Am Me / Keep Safe window sticker. Staff within premises will assist in any way they can and will be encouraged to report any crimes or incidents to the police.

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Keep Safe launched on 23rd August 2013 and was piloted in Paisley town centre. Early feedback from everyone involved indicates that the initiative is making a positive difference in Keeping People Safe.

Due to its initial success Police Scotland are now rolling Keep Safe out to all of Renfrewshire and would like to invite you and staff members along to a free training event on either;

Tuesday 21st January 2014 – 7.00pm or
Tuesday 28th January 2014 – 6.30pm

at the Wynd Centre, School Wynd, Paisley, PA1 2DB.

The event will last around 1hr 15mins and will include the opportunity to see the hard hitting drama production ‘I Am Me’, performed by PACE Theatre Company. This production highlights what disability hate crime is and the effects that incidents have on individuals and communities. The performance will be followed by a short talk from Police Scotland with information on how your business can participate in the Keep Safe initiative.

All Keep Safe premises will be advertised on a variety of websites and literature distributed across Renfrewshire. Spaces are limited and we would be delighted if you could join us.

To book your place, please contact Ewan Smith (details below). To secure your place we would advise booking early. Refreshments will be provided.

If you require any further information please don\’t hesitate to get in touch with PC Ewan Smith at ewan.smith@scotland.pnn.police.uk or 0141 532 6029.

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Hundreds turn out for Street Stuff football festival

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Hundreds turn out for Street Stuff football festival

Hundreds of youngsters from Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project took to the turf of St Mirren Park for a festival of football.

Boys and girls aged from 10 to 18 from throughout Renfrewshire descended on the stadium to compete for glory during the annual end-of-season tournament.

Street Stuff is a partnership between various organisations, including Renfrewshire Council and St Mirren, which provides activities for young people at various locations in Renfrewshire.

The programme includes street football with coaching from St Mirren and mobile youth activities with computer games, and has helped reduce youth disorder in each of the areas where it operates.

Around 300 youngsters from 53 teams took part in the five-a-side football contest, with separate sections for the 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18 age groups.

Action took place on the pitch, as well as in the new indoor covered Dome behind the stadium, which was recently opened for business by St Mirren.

The event was funded by Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, who are also partners in the Street Stuff initiative.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Renfrewshire Council’s Street Stuff Champion was there on the night to present prizes to the winning teams.

He said: “Once again, the Street Stuff football festival was well attended and proved to be a great success.

“The scheme has rightly been recognised at a national level for the work it has done to reduce youth disorder by giving kids something positive to do in the evenings.

“I’m sure Street Stuff activities will continue to be popular over the summer holidays and I would urge any kids looking for something to keep them occupied to check out what is on offer in their area.”

St Mirren chief executive Brian Caldwell said: “We are a community club and it is important to us to be involved in schemes like this, and offer something to local youngsters.

“We were delighted the end of the first-team’s season allowed us to be able to open up our doors and give so many youngsters the chance to play on the pitch and in the dome at St Mirren Park.

“Going by the size of the crowd there on the night, we are sure they enjoyed the experience.”

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire, McGill’s Buses and Reid Kerr College.

The latest Street Stuff timetable can be viewed online at www.activerenfrewshire.com