Three modern slavery crimes are recorded every week across Thames Valley*.
Yesterday, (2/10) we launched our Hidden Harm campaign, raising awareness of abuse in the heart of our communities. Over the next 18 months we will be bringing a number of different abuse-related crimes, which often go undetected or unreported, into the spotlight. The first focus is modern slavery.
The message at the centre of this campaign is simple – Open your eyes to abuse. It could be happening in your community, so if you suspect it, report it.
What is Modern Slavery?
Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. Victims of modern slavery can be any age, gender, nationality or ethnicity. They are tricked or threatened into work and may feel unable to leave through fear or intimidation. Continue reading Could you spot the signs? Open your eyes to abuse→
A huge ‘THANK YOU’ from Jeanette Hedley to all those who participated in last weekend’s litter picking exercise in Prestwood.
“There were 25 volunteers in total including 4 eager children. Without your help, 30+ sacks of rubbish, 2 old wheelbarrows, discarded wood, metal, netting and glass would still be fouling our beautiful village green spaces, pathways, car parks, roads and play park. What a difference we can make if we all work together to clean up Prestwood.
“Take a look at the photo to see the quantity of rubbish you managed to pick up in a few hours and I’m sure you’ll agree that the effort was worth it. Well Done!
“Keep watch on the Prestwood Village Association Website for dates of the next community litter pick weekend.” Jeanette
There’s also an on-line questionnaire which Chiltern District Council would appreciate your feedback on – Chiltern Pools redevelopment – land swap consultation – have your say – www.chiltern.gov.uk/landswap
All GP surgeries are required to have what is called a patient participation group (PPG). At John Hampden Surgery the group has become more active over the last 18 months. The aims of the group are
to help John Hampden Surgery understand and learn from patients’ experiences
to help the surgery raise awareness of issues that impact patients’ health
to raise funds that will be used to improve the surgery for the benefit of all patients
It has a committee of 10 volunteer patients who meet every 6 weeks – every quarter the meeting is attended by one or more of the doctors and with the practice manager.
Activities over the past 18 months include improving communications with patients with a new noticeboard and leaflets for the waiting room, articles in the surgery’s quarterly newsletter, recruiting more than 250 patients to provide occasional feedback, and holding periodic events in the surgery waiting room to sound out patients’ views. Continue reading Group Spotlight – John Hampden Surgery Patient Group→
Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCGs will be holding their AGMs on Thursday 14 September from 6.30 to 8pm and invite you to come along for the chance to review their activity over the last year, learn about collaborative work being undertaken locally, discuss plans for future developments across Bucks and speak directly to partners within the local system.
The meeting will be held at The Gateway in Aylesbury, and will also be live-streamed on Facebook. For more details, click here.
NHS Aylesbury Vale and NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups have published their annual reports for 2016/17 to update the public on their achievements and performance over the last 12 months. The CCGs commission – or ‘buy’ – healthcare services on behalf of their local population across Buckinghamshire.
Affordable Warmth service may bring you in from the cold
More people living in Chiltern and South Bucks districts will qualify for help in keeping their homes warm this winter, thanks to changes in setting the criteria for Energy Company Obligation grants.
Both Councils support the Affordable Warmth Network which provides help and advice to anyone struggling to keep their home warm and pay their energy bills. The Affordable Warmth Network is affiliated to the National Energy Foundation, aimed at improving use of energy in the homes. Continue reading Planning Ahead for Winter→
Latest news from Debi Game (Community Impact Bucks)
There was a very good turnout for our recent information evening about the potential of developing a Good Neighbours Scheme for the Great Missenden Parish. We have agreed to meet again to discuss and hopefully agree the following:
The focus and scope of the Good Neighbours Scheme
The geographical coverage of the scheme
Identify volunteers to a) form the GNS committee and/or b) be prepared to volunteer to help deliver support
Agree how Community Impact Bucks can best support you to develop and launch your scheme.
“Little Yogis” We are really excited about this class which has been created to get 2-4 year olds active, help them learn concentration and spacial awareness, get them curious about how their bodies can move and encourage them to interact with other little people as well as with their grown up! Continue reading Childrens Yoga Class→
The South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) covers the Prestwood area. Their 2017 Member Satisfaction and Patient Care Survey is now open. If you’ve used their services or are a Foundation Trust member, it’s your chance to give them your feedback and help shape the Trust’s plans for the year ahead. Continue reading Ambulance Service Annual Survey 2017→
High Court Judge “regrets” funding cuts, in watershed moment for local pharmacies. This affects Prestwood.
Julie Horslen from Prestwood Pharmacy has news of the outcome of the high courts judicial review on the pharmacy cuts and she is very concerned.
The judge, Mr Justice Collins, said “with some regret” that although he cannot overturn the government decision to impose the massive cuts, he criticised the government approach. Overall this is a compelling judgement that recognises the important role of community pharmacy in primary care. For the details of the judicial review follow this link
Sprinters is continuing its “no joining fee offer” to Prestwood Village Association subscribers interested in signing up at Sprinters to get fit for 2017.
All you need do is show Reception your latest emailed PVA newsletter on your mobile prior to registering, or take a print-out of it with you.
If you’d like to join Sprinters but aren’t a subsciber to the PVA emailed monthly newsletter, then join up to receive it – PVA will bring the local news to you monthly and you can also take advantage of Sprinters’ offer…
Grooming and sexual exploitation can happen to any child or young person both in real life face to face situations and online, with online grooming playing an increasingly large part in exploitation.
Being aware of the signs of child sexual exploitation and knowing where to go to raise a concern are two simple but important things.
Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that happens when a child or young person is tricked or forced into doing something sexual in return for things like attention, money, drugs, gifts or alcohol. It is illegal, although young people might not always see it that way, because they are groomed and manipulated by their abusers. Visit www.RUWise2it.co.uk to find out more.