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Items
No. Item

21.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Shabana Dhedhi, Councillor Roy Berg and Councillor Jacob Edwards; Sandra DaCosta and Liz Philips.

 

22.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members are required to declare any pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest they or their spouse/partner may have in any matter that is to be considered at this meeting.  Interests are defined in the front cover of this agenda.

Minutes:

Jane Brueseke, declared a pecuniary interest as Youth Engagement Officer to the council and YIAG representative.

 

23.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 21st March 2016.

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting held on 21st March 2016 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

The Chair proposed and the Board agreed to change the order of the proceeding to: 21 22 23 25 31 26 27 28 29 30 32 33 34 and 24.

24.

REVIEW OF BOARD MEMBERSHIP

Minutes:

The Safer Neighbourhood Board welcomed Ifeoma Williams to replace Kate McCabe, as a victim support delegate.

 

The Board considered the current membership and agreed not to make any changes on this occasion.

 


25.

APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDING pdf icon PDF 278 KB

This meeting of the Waltham Forest Safer Neighbourhood Board (SNB) has been convened to consider funding applications only.

The Board will consider applications for funding as set out in agenda items 6 to 14 (the applications are available to view at: www.lbwf.net/snb/abcxyz123789--snbbids.htm)

 

Each bidder will be allowed to make a four minute application summary to the Board. There will then be an opportunity for Board members to ask questions.

 

The SNB will deliberate in private and will score each bid in accordance with the scoring matrix attached. Decisions regarding successful bidders will be announced at a later date.

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed the candidates to present their applications to the Board.  The full application summaries were made available to the Board before the meeting.

 

26.

GROWING AGAINST VIOLENCE (GAV)

Minutes:

Shaun Willshire, Growing Against Violence (GAV)Programme Manager and Safeguarding Lead was unable to attend.  A brief written representation was read out by the Chair.

 

GAV has charity status and is fully registered.  With 18 facilitators delivery to schools would be achievable.

 

The Board commented that a little more detail around the bid would be liked to include the structure and delivery mechanisms e.g. what would be taught and in what sequence?

 

The Board noted the report.

 

27.

BURGLARY PREVENTION PROJECT (HEET)(a)

Minutes:

Tom Ruxton, of HEET, was unable to attend.  A brief written representation was read out by the Chair.

 

The Board noted that HEET applied for funding via the SNB last year.

 

The main focus of the organisation was to provide energy efficiency and security improvements for vulnerable residents.

 

Concerning costs, the Board noted from the report some of the required provisions such as spyholes and alarms, and considered whether HEET had underestimated the funds needed.

 

The Board noted the report.

 

28.

SAFE AT HOME (HEET)(b)

Minutes:

Tom Ruxton, of HEET, was unable to attend.  A brief written representation was read out by the Chair.

 

The main difference between the Burglary Prevention Project bid and the Safe at Home bid was that the latter focuses on people who are at enhanced risk of repeat victimisation or hate crime.  Both have the potential to put more resources in for faster response times.

 

The Board noted that the two applications submitted by HEET were to be considered as separate projects, and that while the HEET projects were different the costs quoted for both appeared to be quite similar.  It was also considered whether the project would be achievable within the year.

 

The Board noted the report.

 

29.

LOW HALL FARM

Minutes:

Sheennagh Joseph, Low Hall Farm Allotments Secretary, presented a summary of the application.

 

The application was for funding to improve security at the allotment; the locks were not secure enough to keep trespassers out.  The Safer Neighbourhood police were working with the young people that frequent the allotment, and the Low Hall Farm Allotment staff speak to them but unfortunately some damage the site.

 

The Board sympathised with the situation and remarked that often the landlord would be responsible for security of a site such as the one described.  In this instance however the lease stipulated that this was not the case.

 

The Board noted the report.

 

30.

SAFER LONDON

Minutes:

James Lawley-Barrett, Safer London Manager, presented a summary of the application. 

 

The intention of the organisation was to cut crime by introducing a support business crime reduction partnership (BCRP).  The initiative involved local businesses and shop-keepers being offered hand-sets to communicate with one another and the local policing teams as business crime is under reported.  Data would be collated and provided to the Safer Neighbourhoods Board.

 

The Board sought clarity and heard that the businesses that ‘are interested in joining’ are ready to participate in the scheme, whereas those that have ‘shown an interest’ require a little more information.

 

It was also noted that irrespective of the size of the business, on entering the scheme the same level of support would be provided.

 

The Board noted the report.

 

31.

SPARK2LIFE

Minutes:

Vicky Torrance, Operational Manager, presented a summary of the application. 

 

A small number of people commit the majority of crime.  The key will be early intervention before a gang lifestyle is entrenched, by building relationships and mentoring young people.

 

Objectives were to reduce offending, gain access to services including training and employment, and track outcomes such as criminal activity and jobs by exit interview and case studies.

 

The Board noted that the number intended to get into employment at 50% appeared optimistic, and heard that there had been a pilot that involved a substantial number people, and many had provided their details and asked to be signposted for services and jobs.

 

Spark2Life staff will go to hotspots, locations of which will be provided by police intelligence.

 

The Board noted the report.

32.

TENDER EDUCATION & ARTS

Minutes:

Doireann Larkin, Development Manager, presented a summary of the application. 

 

Tender Education and Arts used art to prevent domestic and sexual violence between young people; many young people that experience abusive relationships do not tell anyone, or if they do only tell their friends.  The project aimed to allow young people to practice responses to situations that could be put into practice if something actually happens.  It also aimed to help perpetrators develop understanding that their actions can be harmful.

 

The Board were interested to hear how a clear distinction was made between the victim and perpetrator, and noted that initially the profile would not be known but everyone present at the session had the opportunity to learn about both roles.

 

Recruitment is not done by referral but rather by approaching youth settings and schools.

 

The Board noted the report.

33.

WORTH UNLIMITED

Minutes:

Claire Gannon, Management Team Member, presented a summary of the application.

 

There is a huge link between poor education attainment and crime.  Funding was sought to support a project called ‘That Reading Thing’, to assist young offenders to improve on literacy to progress on to complete a college or a job application.  The programme enabled people to feel a great sense of achievement and build self-esteem.

 

The Board noted that a lot of the work was around mentoring, that would help to reduce crime in the future.  A young person that used the scheme shared that he had felt frustration about not being able to read well, but now has a job and is a lot less angry. 

 

The project could be extended to numeracy and English for speakers of other languages.

 

The Board noted the report.

34.

YIAG LET'S TALK

Minutes:

Jane Brueseke, Youth Engagement Officer, presented a summary of the application.

 

Funding was sought for peer-to-peer engagement work, and engagement patrols where young people do outreach work with the police to prevent crime and improve relationships with police.  There was work underway with police that aims to improve the stop and search process. 

 

The work done was measured by feedback from young people and the police. 

 

The Board agreed that it was positive that the YIAG work with the police and that YIAG Members that were involved with crime had gone on to turn their lives around.  A YIAG Member shared that on reflection he could not have imagined that he would have had the ear of the Borough Commander, another felt pleased that her opinion had been sought as an ethnic minority on the effect of police engagement with black and minority ethnic people.

 

The Board noted the report.

 

At this point the Chair drew the discussion to a close and thanked the applicants for their applications and for attending.  It was also remarked that the applications had been strong.

35.

DECISION

Minutes:

After closed deliberation Board Members: Chair - Philip Herlihy, Vice-Chair - Philip Dundon, Sheridan Mangal, Maheswaran Marisamy, Michael Verrier, Ifeoma Williams and Rashid Akhtar, agreed the following:

 

Growing Against Violence (GAV)

The decision of the Board was not to award the application.

 

Burglary Prevention Project (HEET)(a)

The decision of the Board was not to award the application.

 

Safe at Home (HEET)(b)

The decision of the Board was to award the application in part, in the amount of £2,308.

 

Low Hall Farm

The decision of the Board was not to award the application.

 

Safer London

The decision of the Board was not to award the application.

 

Spark2Life

The decision of the Board was not to award the application.

 

Tender Education & Arts

The decision of the Board was to award the application in part, in the amount of £8,733.

 

Worth Unlimited

The decision of the Board was to award the application in full, in the amount of £3,000.

 

YIAG Lets Talk

The decision of the Board was to award the application in full, in the amount of £15,409.