Gloucestershire County Council Press Release

Community Safety events coming to a town near you

Paul Barrett Community Safety Advisor for Painswick

Residents in Painswick will have the opportunity to meet their new community safety advisor on the 16th April at a safe and well event in the centre of the village.

The event, which will take place between 10am - 4pm, will be attended by Paul Barrett who was recently appointed as community safety advisor for Painswick.

Paul, who is one of 20 community safety advisors across the county, will also work with the village agent in Painswick to set up drop in sessions at local venues, and also attend and make links with all the appropriate communities that run out of the Painswick area. These drop in sessions will be starting in May when a time is agreed and will happen at Painswick town hall.

However, anyone wishing to meet Paul before then can attend the engagement event on Saturday the 16th April.

These events have been taking place in town centres throughout the winter and are continuing through 2016. The events are designed for residents to speak to dedicated community safety advisors about how to keep safe and well in their homes. They also discuss health and wellbeing.

Firefighters who carry out safe and well visits also offer to fit smoke alarms for free, as well as giving advice on personal safety.

There were 4,145 safe and well visits carried out in 2014/15. Safe and well visits are a way of working with communities to significantly reduce the number of incidents that happen in the county. There are three community events planned over the next six months, all in town centres:

The events all take place on a Saturday and will run between 10am - 4pm. There are also plans for events in Chipping Campden in July, Wotton-under-Edge in August and Fairford in September, with dates to be confirmed.

Paul Barrett, community safety advisor, said:"I really want to be a visible figure to the residents of Painswick."

"By educating and advising people, we can continue to make Painswick an even safer place to live."

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "Safe and well events have been a great way to reach even more members of the community."

"No question is silly and the fully trained advisors can give information about many aspects about keeping your home safe, as well as yourself."

Cllr Jason Bullingham, local county councillor for Bisley and Painswick said: "This is good news for Painswick and the surrounding area and I do hope people find the time to attend. "

You can find out more information about staying safe at http://www.glosfire.gov.uk/your_safety.html or you can book a free safe and well visit by calling 0800 180 41 40. The visit and any smoke alarms required are offered free of charge.

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12th April 2016

Issued by: Matt White, Gloucestershire County Council Media Team, 01452 425093, email: matt.white@gloucestershire.gov.uk