GAVCA leads on "Older but Not Overlooked" Police and Crime Plan priority
GAVCA, a charity which helps community groups and charities to grow and develop, will lead on one of the key priorities within the new Police and Crime Plan.
Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl wants GAVCA to take on the co-ordination role to acknowledge the important role that voluntary and community organisations play in keeping communities safe and reducing the fear of crime in Gloucestershire.
Although the priority has the title "Older but not Overlooked" the work will focus on ensuring that not only older people but other vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities, victims of hate crime and those who have experienced domestic abuse, feel safe and able to be active members of their community.
GAVCA is organising an initial scoping meeting on Thursday 18 April at the Gloucestershire Resource Centre, City Works, Gloucester to identify what the issues are in the county so that an action plan can be drawn up.
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It is hoped that members of the county's business community working with older and vulnerable clients, as well as representatives from the charity and public sector will come along to the meeting, scheduled between 10am – 3pm, to provide their own insight into the issues that need to be addressed.
"As an umbrella charity supporting an extensive network of community groups and organisations including many that support older and vulnerable people GAVCA is well placed to facilitate discussions around the "Older but not Overlooked" Police and Crime Plan Priority," said GAVCA Chief Executive Sally Pickering.
"The Police and Crime Commissioner has already identified that older and vulnerable people need special attention in his plan and we want to involve a broad cross section of the community in working together to achieve this priority," added Sally.
Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl said: "Everyone should have a stake in a safer Gloucestershire, which is why I believe in an inclusive approach to making our communities the best they can be.
"Through its work and experience in representing and supporting local communities, GAVCA is ideally placed to lead the voluntary sector which has a big part to play in my plans to reduce crime and create peace and good order."
Representatives from the public and charity sectors have already pledged to attend, reinforcing the community support for the priority. Other people interested in attending this free scoping event are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01452 522600.