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Communities in Cornwall praised for their response during lockdown

Communities in Cornwall praised for their response during lockdown

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:29pm 10th July 2020. (Updated at 5:21pm 10th July 2020)

iesAlmost 300 new communities have engaged with Devon and Cornwall Community Watch Association (AaCCWA) during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest group, Good Neighbourhood Groups, was created at the beginning of the pandemic to help vulnerable or isolated people.

It enabled DaCCWA to introduce them to their local Neighbourhood Watch Schemes or pass their enquiry urgently to local authorities or particular agencies.

Some examples of the work undertaken by the community groups include helping elderly residents complete tasks, organise Easter egg hunts, regular litter picks and allotment tidies as well as an active crime and anti social behaviour reporting system. 

Other communities have also made their virtual presence known with an active Facebook group. 

“Over the past three months many people have responded to our call and we’ve been busy providing them with lots of information and guidance. We’ve also received many direct calls from people for help and we’ve been working with both Volunteer Cornwall and various councils in Devon to ensure these requests have been swiftly actioned. 

“The aim of DaCCWA is to inspire people to come together to create strong, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour is less likely to happen. Through our network of area Watch Offices, we’ve been able to ensure our existing Community Watches have been active in not only crime prevention but supporting each other during these challenging times.

“The pandemic has equally given us the opportunity to really re-energise people about the benefits of being part of a Community Watch and it has been heartening to see examples where support has been given that has gone beyond crime prevention. Our volunteers have shared extensive local knowledge and experience to ensure more people feel safe from crime during lockdown especially if they are vulnerable or feel isolated in the place they live.”

Jules Fairman, strategic co-ordinator of DaCCWA

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Alison Hernandez

“We are always striving to be a safer, more resilient and better-connected community across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Living on a peninsula, surrounded by sea and with five inhabited islands we are the best at stepping up and taking our share of responsibility for each other. The fact that so many individuals and communities are involved, including in my own street, to support some of us who needed help during this crisis is inspiring.

“If there’s one good thing that’s come out of this difficult time it’s a reminder of just how kind and considerate, we all are, and can be. This has shown great leadership within Neighbourhood Watch from Chairman to Member responding quickly and being by our community’s side when we needed it.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez

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