Posted on 19th December 2017
Officers from our Safer Neighbourhood policing teams in the Ashbourne and Matlock areas joined up with partners to spread some festive cheer and offer advice on staying safe to vulnerable residents.
Older residents from Ashbourne and the surrounding villages were invited along to the Community Christmas Cracker event at the Ashbourne Elim Pentecostal Church on Friday, December 15.
During the day, visitors picked up advice and support from our officers and a range of other partner agencies including Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Waterloo Housing, Derbyshire Core Victim Services and Age UK.
Volunteers for Readycall, a befriending service for the southern part of the Derbyshire Dales, and staff from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner were also on hand to chat with guests.
There was a chance for residents to meet and chat to all the partners at the event, refreshments and a buffet lunch was then served before the children of Hill Top Primary School visited to sing carols and entertain the guests.
They also held a raffle to raise money for Safe and Sound, a Derby-based charity dedicated to protecting children and young people from sexual exploitation, thanks to a range of prizes donated by local businesses.
PCSO Jo Dales of the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team helped to organised the event. She said: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in organising, or taking part in the event. It was a great to be able to bring community together, speak to our local residents and offer important advice and information on how to stay safe during the Christmas period and beyond.”
“We’ve had some fantastic feedback from those who came along either as an organisation or a resident, with comments about how much they enjoyed the children’s carol singing and the opportunity to meet with friends and engage with local services.”
Over in Darley Dale, officers from the Matlock area Safer Neighbourhood policing teams opened the doors of Meadow View Care Centre, on Thursday, December 7, for a similar event for both vulnerable residents and also victims of crime.
Many different agencies came along to meet with the community and offer advice and information including First Contact Scheme, Adult Social Care, Natwest Bank, Dales Housing and Citizens Advice.
A buffet lunch and refreshments were provided, and youngsters from Rowsley Primary School provided festive carol singing entertainment, while pupils from Highfields School came to talk with residents and help out at the event.
PC Tammy Chapman, of the Matlock Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We had a fantastic day, and I’m delighted that we’ve been asked to organise another similar day off the back of the success of our Christmas crime event. Our thanks go to all those who took part.
“As well as being able to offer valuable advice around crime prevention and safety, and the details of local support services, our younger community members came along to help out and bring a smile to everyone’s faces. I hope this will go a long way towards breaking down barriers between the older and younger generations of our community.”
To find out more about your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, or for security advice, visit the website, www.derbyshire.police.uk.
You can contact your local officers by sending a message through the Contact Us page, or to speak to them call 101.