Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is to visit an innovative safety project he has funded to see how it is helping new immigrants adjust to life in the county.
Commissioner Tipping provided Voluntary Action Broxtowe with a grant worth £6,164 for its Keep Safe community-based project which works with hard-to-reach minority groups in the area.
The project involves the delivery of informal education sessions on personal safety, child safety and vehicle safety as part of an effort to help newly-arrived immigrants settle into community life. The organisation also delivers sessions on how police can be contacted and how to report crime or hate incidents to ensure these residents know where to turn if they need help.
At the end of each six-week course, members of the Beeston Neighbourhood Policing Team attend the session to answer questions and to build community relationships.
Commissioner Tipping is to visit the project on Thursday, December 11 to see how the funding he has invested is helping to promote social inclusion.
“I’m very interested to see how the positive work of this project is helping to break down some of the myths and fears about the Police and forge closer relationships with traditionally hard-to-reach communities,” he said.
“The project is already halfway through its scheduled work and already local officers are receiving positive feedback about its safety messages.”
The courses have so far helped more than 50 learners from all over the world, who now live in Broxtowe, to improve their English while also learning about personal safety.
The VAB trainers involved in the delivery of the Beeston-based course work closely with Broxtowe police officers to develop the unique classes.
Kanchana Minson, VAB’s Inclusive Community Project Co-ordinator, said: “The classes offer many benefits. Newcomers often don’t understand the public services system in the UK, and can feel intimidated by the police.
“What’s fantastic about this project is that it helps our learners integrate more fully into their local community.”
Broxtowe Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Steve Wragg added: “The Voluntary Action Broxtowe project has created a place where the community can come together and meet their local policing team and volunteers, as well as discovering essential services that they may previously not have known were available to them.
“The group has helped in building vital links, trust and confidence within traditionally harder-to-reach sections of the community we serve and we hope their success will continue for a long time to come.”
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Posted on Monday 8th December 2014