07 December 2009>
Two volunteer Community Crime Fighters from Caerphilly county borough are to host a community open event later this month to promote community safety awareness in their local area, having secured a grant from the Home Office.
The two volunteer Community Crime Fighters heard that they could apply for funding from the Home Office when they attended a recent Community Crime Fighter residential training event.
The grant will enable them to raise general awareness of community safety related issues in the Penllwyn area of Caerphilly county borough and complement the work of the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership, as well as help form a direct link between crime fighting agencies in Caerphilly county borough and the communities they serve.
It will also provide an opportunity to raise the profile of Community Crime Fighters in Caerphilly county borough, as well as encourage others to take steps towards becoming a volunteer Community Crime Fighter too.
The event will be held on:
Tuesday 15th December at Penllwyn Millennium Centre from 6pm until 8pm.
Organisations including Gwent Police, Gwent Probation Service, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, CCBC's Trading Standards and the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership will be present at the event to offer safety advice and discuss any local concerns with residents.
People attending the event will also have the opportunity to see for themselves first hand how effective CCTV is across the borough, with a visit from the council's mobile CCTV van.
Community Crime Fighter and Penllwyn Community Partnership Secretary, Sian Woosnam said, "Through organising this event we hope to raise awareness of safety issues in our local area, and I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and gain some valuable safety advice and support."
Cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Lyn Ackerman said, "I am delighted that the Community Crime Fighters initiative has been so well received here in Caerphilly county borough - we now have over 100 trained volunteer Community Crime Fighters in our county borough alone.
These people are vital in our continuing quest to ensure that our area remains a safer place to live, work and visit and I would encourage as many people to come along and support this event on 15th December as possible."
The event will also coincide with Pontllanfraith Rotary Club's visit to Penllwyn Millennium Centre with Santa and his sleigh. Hot refreshments will be available, as well as a series of information stalls, a raffle and face painting.
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