Calderdale Community Safety Forum
Thursday 1 December 2016 – 2.00 – 3.30pm, Halifax Police Station, Richmond Close, Halifax, HX1 5TW
Zoe Aspinall, Together Housing
Lorraine Roe, Compass Bridge
Zoe Wilkinson, Victim Support
John Simpson, West Yorkshire Police
Asad Qureshi, Himmat Project
Jacob Hill, Offploy CIC
Jayne Leech, North Bank Forum (NBF)
1. Introductions & welcome
Jayne Leech (JL) opened the meeting and attendees introduced themselves. They gave a brief overview of the service their organisation offers.
2. Apologies for absence
Angela Everson, Women Centre
Fran, Alpha House
Kate Auker, Barnardos
Darren Burton, Together Housing
3. Notes of meeting 13 Sept 16
Accepted as an accurate record.
4. Matters Arising
There were no matters arising that were not covered by the agenda.
5. Main Agenda Item – Hate Crime
Inspector John Simpson, Calderdale Neighbourhood Policing Support Team. John.firstname.lastname@example.org
JS advised that there had been a slight blip in reported crime since Brexit (UK parliament decision to activate Article 50, leaving the European Union) on average there would be 10 to 15 reports a month which increased to 30, mainly due to someone posting anti sematic stickers in the town centre. Each sticker counted as one hate crime. There are a number of safe places reporting centres details as per below;
Safe places scheme
In 2011 Calderdale Council and its partners launched the Safe Places Scheme to increase the safety and confidence of vulnerable people when they visit Halifax town centre.
The Safe Places scheme means that busy public places can offer support to vulnerable adults who may need help.
Buildings displaying the Safe Places poster include:
Halifax Bus Station
Central Library and Archive
These public places are demonstrating that they are a safe haven and can offer support if an individual is distressed, being harassed, bullied, or is feeling unwell.
For a full list of the Safe Places in Calderdale, see Safe place centres [PDF 187KB] .
Contact cards with the Safe Places logo have been issued to people with learning difficulties so that they can be carried when out and about in town. If they need to call into a Safe Place and need assistance, staff will help them, ring the number, and keep them safe until help arrives.
For further information on the safe places scheme:
Name: Community Safety and Resilience Team
Telephone: 01422 288001
Community Safety and Resilience Team, 2nd Floor, Westgate House, Halifax
If groups would like support to encourage service users to report hate crime email@example.com can offer advice.
Zoe Wilkinson, Victim Support advised they could support groups also and have a number of leaflets that have been translated into different languages that may be useful.
JL agreed to put her in touch with Vicky Ledwidge, St Augustine’s Centre.
JS provided some statistical information which will be circulated with these minutes.
Attendees were reminded that reporting can be done anonymously.
JL shared the below email with the group;
PREVENT is part of the UK’s Counter Terrorism strategy and aims to prevent people from supporting violent extremist.
PREVENT Calderdale would like to invite individuals who are interested in supporting vulnerable people and communities around PREVENT related issues to make contact with Sadia Hussain, PREVENT Coordinator to discuss skills that you can offer. This is an hourly paid role dependant on needs of the service. Full training will be provided.
If you are interested in this opportunity or would like further information then please email Sadia Hussain, PREVENT Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org
SADIA HUSSAIN, PREVENT Coordinator, Calderdale Council
2nd Floor Westgate House, Halifax, HX11PJ
TEL: 07702656834 www.calderdale.gov.uk/prevent
It was agreed to invite Sadia to the next meeting.
7. Road Safety
There had been a request by the newly formed multi agency Road Safety group for a representative to attend from this forum. JL had advertised the role and it looked like Brian Mansfield from Elland and District Partnership Road Safety sub committee would be able to take this up.
The first meeting took place on Thu 24 November 2016 (which neither myself nor Brian could make) and the next meeting is 24 January 2017 14:00-16:00 at Halifax Town Hall Meeting Room A
8. Feedback /Representation
Friday 30 September, 7.30 pm, Valley of Sanctuary, Kings Centre, Park Road, Halifax launched
Next open meeting to be held on Monday 5th December, 7.30pm, upstairs at the Golden Lion Todmorden.
Minutes of last meeting —> http://eepurl.com/clrN15
Wednesday 21 September, 9.30 am Tackling Hate Crime and Extremist Ideology Conference Elsie Whiteley Centre
External Guest speakers;
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation – stamping out prejudice, hatred and intolerance www.sophielancasterfoundation.com
Founder; Sylvia Lancaster O.B.E.
Community Security Trust – Protecting our Jewish Community
Alex Webster, Northern Regional Security Coordinator
Tell MAMA Tackling Hate, Providing Hope – countering anti muslim prejudice through collective social action www.tellmamauk.org
Mark Patterson, Chair of Calderdale Hate Crime Partnership
Councillor Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council
Robin Tuddenham, Director of Communities and Service Support Calderdale Council
Justine Lumb, West Yorkshire Police
Public meeting Wednesday 5 October 5.30 pm Kings Centre, Park Road, Halifax
Main agenda item Public Health Speaker; Caron Walker, Consultant Public Health spoke about Health Inequalities.
Safeguarding Week 17 October
A busy programme of activities took place, which was well received. Report on activity to be shared once available.
Mon 21 November West Yorks Police & Crime Commissioner Annual Conference Wakefield
Aim of the event was to bring together a wide range of third sector representatives and service users to:
– Enable a wider third sector audience to engage with the PCC
– Receive a report about the work of the PCC’s Third Sector Advisory Group
– Discuss the role of the sector in promoting the involvement of victims and offenders in the design and development of services.
– Support the development of district based third sector networks.
A4 sheet released with newly refreshed priorities JL to circulate.
Feedback sheets from;
Community Safety Partnership Executive 30 Sept 16
Community Safety Partnership Performance & Delivery Group
19 October 2016
Community Safety Partnership Executive 25 November 16
JL to circulate
9. Any other business
Mon 10 Oct 16
Refugee Crisis – Let’s get things clear – delivered by St Augustine’s Centre
Safer Communities Funds Award
Grant Round 10 to be confirmed
Bids open 12 Dec
Bids close 20 Jan 17
Fund Awards 30 Mar 17
10. Date of Next meetings 2017
Tues 7 March
Tues 12 September
Tues 12 December
Tues 13 March & Tues 12 June