Let's Have a Conversation

11/Dec/2015

Let's Have a Conversation

Residents in Gloucester are being asked to join in the conversation of community safety in the City. Safer Gloucester is holding a get-together on Wednesday 16th December at Gloucester Guildhall and want as many residents as possible to join in the discussion.

The session is in follow up to a recent community meeting held by Increase the Peace at Parry Hall, at which residents highlighted that no one single agency or group of people can resolve the issues that might make people feel unsafe in the City. At the Parry Hall meeting, attendees brought forward the issue of carrying knives and weapons as a particular concern to them.

Safer Gloucester is looking to residents to stand together with them to address the issues that may make people feel unsafe in our City, whether by sharing their views or becoming part of the on-going strategy.

Based on residents' feedback, the discussion will, in part, touch on knife crime or weapon related incidents, including sharing views on why some people feel the need to carry knives and how we can give them confidence to leave those weapons behind.

A Community Conversation is to take place from 6pm on Wednesday 16th December, at Gloucester Guildhall, Eastgate Street, Gloucester. Refreshments will be provided and so Safer Gloucester is asking that residents RSVP if they plan to attend, so that numbers can be catered for.

Anyone whose life is affected by knives or weapons or who would like to work with others to address community safety related issues is warmly invited to attend the seminar. Please email cdpartnership@gloucester.gov.uk or telephone 01452 396984 to book a place and find out more details.

Cllr Jennie Dallimore, Deputy Leader of Gloucester City Council and Vice Chair of Safer Gloucester said, "We are constantly striving to ensure that Gloucester is a safe place for our residents and visitors and we want to continue that into the future. There are many different strands to community safety, including knife crime and we want to bring together people who have been affected by incidents and those who may be able to help enable solutions for the community.  Information from residents is most important, as it shows us where the gaps are and what we can do to bring about change. I encourage members of the community to attend this seminar as change will only come when we all work together"

Gloucestershire Constabulary's Inspector Steve Wood said, "There have been a number of incidents in the last year where knives or weapons have been involved. One incident is one too many and we are very keen to work with other agencies and the community to tackle this together. We all want to work together to produce a co-ordinated response to tackle knife-related incidents in Gloucester and promote wider community safety"

Community Harm Reduction Inspector Tim Wood  "I hope this will be an opportunity for community to lead and agency to listen, in order to better understand what a young person in Gloucester needs to be able to grow up safely and what can be done together to enable this."

Parking is available on the roof of the Guildhall via Kings Walk multi-story car park, and is free from 6pm.

For more information www.safergloucester.co.uk

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