Community Action Days in Charford, Bromsgrove
Using The Trunk community centre in Humphrey Avenue as their base, representatives from the Bromsgrove Community Safety Partnership (which includes Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (H&WFRS), West Mercia Police, Bromsgrove District Housing Trust, The Trunk, Age Concern and Bromsgrove District Council's Community Safety Team) will be calling at people's homes in the Charford area of Bromsgrove to explain more about the services offered by each agency and how these services can be accessed.
The first of these Community Action Days will take place between 11am - 3pm on Friday 30 September while the second will take place the following day on Saturday 1 October between 12 midday - 4pm.
Teams from each of the participating agencies will call at people's homes with a questionnaire to record which services householders might be interested in.
H&WFRS will be using the Community Action Days to promote fire safety and will be offering free home fire safety referrals and smoke alarm checks, while staff from Act on Energy will also be attending to offer information on energy efficiency and affordable warmth. Advice around crime and anti social behaviour will be available and residents will be encouraged to report any repairs needed and other issues regarding Bromsgrove District Housing Trust managed properties.
Caroline Webster, Community Safety Advisor with H&WFRS, explained: "All of the agencies involved in this initiative have an interest in the safety and well-being of local residents, and it makes sense to go out into the community together in this way to highlight our particular area of work and how we can work alongside partners to improve everyone's quality of life.
"The Fire Service is keen to encourage older or more vulnerable groups in the local community to have a home fire safety check, where someone from our Community Safety Team will visit on a day convenient to the householder, to look at reducing fire risk in the home. This would include the installation of smoke alarms as needed and encouraging families to work out an escape route in case of fire."
Angie Heighway, Chair of the Bromsgrove Community Safety Partnership, added: "We see these Community Action Days as an opportunity to meet local people face-to-face and see how we can offer reassurance and practical help for any concerns they might have. We will also be offering advice on crime prevention for the house and garden, as well as for people's vehicles."