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Organisations show support for Rhymney residents

Posted on : 20 Dec 2017

Organisations show support for Rhymney residents
Photo caption: Gerald Jones MP, Dawn Bowden A Cllr Eluned Stenner and Jeff Cuthbert PCC

Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Community Safety Team recently held an event to address local residents concerns regarding anti-social behaviour activity within the area. The event was held at Upper Rhymney Primary School.

Pupils and their parents, VIP guests Dawn Bowden AM, Gerald Jones MP, Jeff Cuthbert PCC and Cllr Eluned Stenner, as well as over 100 members of the community were able to chat to the exhibitors from a variety of organisations including:

•             Community Safety
•             South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) with their Fire Engine
•             Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust (WAST) with their First Response vehicle
•             Gwent Police
•             The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC)
•             Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS)
•             Housing
•             Gwent Drug and Alcohol Service (GDAS)
•             Llamau
•             Groundworks
•             Youth Services, who brought along a graffiti wall and children’s activities
•             Positive Futures with their pop up goals and activities
•             Communities First

Pupils also eagerly awaited the arrival of Santa, who visited the school to deliver selection boxes to each child in attendance.

Cllr Eluned Stenner: “The event enabled a number of organisations to engage with the community and to make them more aware of the services in their community that are working together to address issues such as crime and disorder and anti-social behaviour. By engaging with individuals it was hoped that confidence in the services available would increase”.

Attendees at the event were asked three questions upon entry and the same three questions upon exit to see how their views changed after speaking with the organisations: How safe do you feel in your community; how confident are you in the public services in your community?; are you aware of the services available in your community?

After attending the event, members of the public felt safer in their community, were more aware of the various services they are able to interact with and were overall more confident in public services within the community.

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