THE Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality, Theresa May, recently visited a CHP community to talk about neighbourhood issues.
As part of the Government’s Big Society, the Home Secretary met CHP’s Quality of Life (QoL) staff and residents at Meadgate Church Centre, in Chelmsford, Essex, to discuss antisocial behaviour and community safety initiatives.
Speaking privately to the Home Secretary, CHP staff and residents voiced their concerns about how the spending cuts would affect the supported – and frontline – services they receive.
Terri Cochrane, CHP QoL Manager, said: “It truly was an honour to meet Theresa May and to be involved in the discussions which took place. It was very beneficial for everyone as it demonstrates the good relationship we have with both our residents and the partners that we work with.”
Talking to the Home Secretary, CHP’s QoL staff – which the police use as an example of best practice when discussing community initiatives throughout the UK – highlighted the work they do throughout Essex with Local Strategic Partnerships, Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s), supporting agencies and local authorities. Accredited by Essex Police, the QoL team tackles community issues throughout the county - such as ASB - and works closely with the PCSO’s for Great Baddow and Melbourne, in Essex, which CHP part-fund.
“The Home Secretary was very interested in what the residents had to say about how the spending cuts would impact upon them, the communities they live in and our work with partner agencies to improve residents’ quality of life. However, it was clear that difficult choices will have to be made about local priorities,” added Terri.
Local Police Inspector for the Great Baddow area, Inspector Tom Boland, said: "I'm really pleased that the Home Secretary took the time to come and meet my team, including acknowledging the contribution made by my PCSO’s, our partners and friends from the local community.
“We are very grateful to all the local residents who work so closely with us on preventing crime and trying to make our area safe and pleasant to live in. I would also like to acknowledge and thank CHP who help us with their close partnership links and funding for one PCSO, and to their residents' group who are very actively involved in our work as real partners. The Home Secretary was very supportive of this type of work and congratulated local residents on their major achievements in Baddow."
CHP Resident Tim Hatcher said: “It’s fantastic that the Home Secretary took the time to visit the area and listen to our concerns about community funding and the neighbourhood PCSO's.”