Truro BID are a key partner in the Truro Safe scheme. Formed in 2013, the Truro Safe Partnership was set up to respond to the need to improve safety in the day and evening and at night time within the city. Truro Safe aims to tackle day time and anti social behaviour, as well as drinking perceptions.
The Partnership is made up of licensed traders, taxi operators, the Police, Truro City Council, Cornwall Council, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service, Safer Cornwall, Truro BID and the Saturday night support agencies; Truro Street Pastors and the Street Marshals (at seasonal times).
Funding currently comes from a number of sources including the Cornwall Community Foundation, Cornwall Councillors grants, Truro City Council and Truro BID.
The wider Truro Safe partnership meets regularly throughout the year to review activities, plan resources for busy times of year such as Christmas and New Year and consider other matters in the City.
10 May Update 2019Council welcomes promise of additional funding to tackle rough sleeping
Welcoming the recent announcement from Housing Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, that Cornwall Council has been successful in its bid for funding as part of the government Rough Sleeper strategy , Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Homes Andrew Mitchell said: “Tackling rough sleeping is a complex issue, which is why the Council has already invested £1.1m in a Rough Sleeper Reduction Strategy.”
“We are waiting for confirmation of the amount that will be allocated to Cornwall but the latest Rapid Rehousing Pathway announcement means we will be able to help more people move away from a life on the streets. It follows on from an additional £1 million for Cornwall after strong successful bids to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Rough Sleeper Initiative.”
This latest successful bid from Cornwall will go towards funding a mobile Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub, which was highlighted in the MHCLG announcement. The hub will provide a safe environment which is open and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anyone who is at imminent risk of, or already, rough sleeping can be helped and it will be delivered in partnership with Cornwall Housing Ltd, Cosgarne and St Petroc’s.
The money will also be used for a Supported Lettings Scheme, which will provide help for rough sleepers as they move into independent accommodation, and Navigators, aimed at people with complex needs who may have been sleeping rough for some time, to address issues around addiction, mental health, and housing. There will also be funding for a local lettings agency to help single people and couples with no children, who are at risk of, or who have, slept rough, access private rented accommodation.
5 April Update 2019 - Cornwall welcomes additional rough sleeper funding
Welcoming the recent funding announcement from Housing Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, which confirmed that Cornwall Council has been awarded £625,000 following a bid to the government’s Rough Sleeper Initiative fund, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Homes Andrew Mitchell said: “Tackling rough sleeping is a complex issue, which is why the Council has already invested £1.1m in a Rough Sleeper Reduction Strategy.
“Having a coordinated, multi-agency approach to tackling rough sleeping is paying off with latest figures published in December 2018 showing that an action plan to tackle the issue is continuing to have a positive effect, with a 22% drop in the latest count. This makes a 46% reduction in the total number of rough sleepers recorded since November 2016.”
Official figures released in December 2018 show that whilst Cornwall still has a relatively high numbers of rough sleepers, 53 individuals were reported as rough sleeping compared to 68 reported in November 2017 and 99 the year prior to that.
Cllr Mitchell adds: “This additional funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will allow us to put in place additional measures that will directly help take people off the streets, providing them with accommodation and support.
The money will be used to fund:
· a coordinator and four outreach workers to directly engage with rough sleepers and offer them help and support
· the Short-term Accommodation & Resettlement (STAR) Project which provides short –term accommodation and then support to move on to live independently
· access to privately rented accommodation for single people by offering support to the landlord during the first few months of a tenancy to ensure it is sustainable
· Nos Da Kernow - a partnership between Cornwall Housing, Coastline and St Petroc’s to help prevent single people and couples with no children from becoming homeless
· a mental health worker, employed with partners as part of the Health for Homeless Project
· additional hospital discharge beds for single people who are medically fit for discharge but have no suitable accommodation to go toFor more information about Safer Cornwall visit www.safercornwall.co.uk
Different issues, the same streets campaign
We have produced an information leaflet, mainly aimed at local businesses and visitors, which sets out some of the key issues in relation to street drinking, begging and rough sleeping in Truro.
It provides information on the issues that are visible on the streets, the organisations that are providing support, key contacts should people have any local concerns and also how people can help.
The leaflet was coordinated by Cornwall Council’s Localism Team and produced on behalf of Truro Safe and has been funded by the BID.
View leaflet If you would like some leaflets for your business, please call the BID team on 01872 273999
The BID have also implemented a donation box scheme, allowing a facility for those who wish to donate to the cause a function whereby the funds are directly positively helping those who need it.
Donation boxes are located in: Co-Op, Truro Methodist Church, Quintessential, Waterstones, Wetherspoons, Tesco, Superdry, Warrens (High Cross), Natwest bank and Sole Plaice Fish & Chip shop and CeX Truro. If your business would like to host a donation box, then please email Sian. Have a look at the latest report from St. Petrocs here!
City centre police cover
The Truro BID are exploring opportunities to increase the level of police cover in the city centre. An initial trial will be undertaken to measure the effectiveness with a view to increasing the level cover in the late afternoons and Saturdays throughout the year. This project is designed to tackle anti-social behaviour issues and to provide a safer environment for visitors and employees.
ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR: Call 101 or email email@example.com
SOMEONE SLEEPING ROUGH: 0300 500 0914
WASTE, RUBBISH AND LITTER: 0300 1234 141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org