Working With Communities
Channel can help people make positive choices about their lives. It is an early intervention scheme that supports people who are at risk of radicalisation and provides practical support tailored to individual needs. For more information, see Channel leaflet (downloads section of this page).
Unpaid work in the Community – helping to improve local neighbourhoods
The South and Vale Community Safety Partnership work closely with Thames Valley Probation Service to improve local neighbourhoods
Is there a public area in your neighbourhood that could do with being cleared, cleaned or painted?
If so, Thames Valley Probation may be able to help. They run the ‘Community Payback’ scheme, where offenders who have been sentenced to an Unpaid Work Requirement are given jobs to do that benefit the local community.
For example, placements could involve:
- clearing overgrown public areas
- removing graffiti (on public rather than private property)
- conservation work
- painting and decorating (especially schools and other community/charity facilities)
This scheme is particularly keen to take on placements where offenders work alongside volunteers from the community. This helps offenders to understand the value of the work they are doing.
If you know of an area where you think Community Payback could assist with, please email the details to Karen Brown, Shared Community Safety Projects Officer Karen.Brown@southandvale.gov.uk.
- Facilities to store tools and provision for comfort breaks are essential.
- Any materials needed for a project/job (e.g. paint) would need to be provided by the person/team providing the placement. Funding may be available to help with this (e.g. from South & Vale Community Safety Partnership) – we can provide details.
- Any project/job request is subject to a formal written risk assessment, carried out by Thames Valley Probation.
The South and Vale Community Safety Partnership support projects working with schools and communities that aim to deal with local road safety issues such as speeding and dangerously parked vehicles.
For information on how to report a road safety concern or problem (e.g. street lighting and pot holes) please visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk
Neighbourhood Action Groups (NAGs)
Neighbourhood Action Groups (NAGs) are a key part of Neighbourhood Policing in South Oxfordshire.
A NAG is a multi-agency, problem-solving group that consists of relevant partner agencies, key stakeholders and, most importantly, members of the local community.
NAGs focus their work around the main priorities that are identified after consultation with the local community. Members, who are all volunteers, take on responsibility for achieving certain tasks on behalf of their neighbourhood.
If you are interested in becoming involved please call 101 (the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number) and ask to speak to a representative from your local Neighbourhood Policing team or visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk.
Street pastor schemes are a church-based response for dealing with the issues of crime and the fear of crime. Volunteers spend their time out and about in the evenings, offering impartial advice and help to people who have had too much to drink or need assistance. The initiative is highly regarded by the Home Office and the police nationally. In South Oxfordshire, there are schemes in Wallingford and Thame.
- Street pastor teams have spent time with several vulnerable young people who have found themselves alone or distressed.
- Street pastors started up a conversation with a group of young lads who were in a physical altercation and diffused the situation.
Organising a public event - safety considerations
If you are planning a public event within your local community, please see our event management page which includes Oxfordshire's practical guide for event organisers.
Last reviewed: 28 - 06 - 2016