Community engagement at the centre of Westfield day of action

Date published: 31 January 2019 19:46
Dated: 31 January 2019 18:21:46

Officers from Sheffield South East Neighbourhood team have today (31 January) led a Community Day of Action in the Westfield area of Sheffield.

In a bid to engage with local people and strengthen community relationships, our team were joined by representatives from various services including; Sheffield City Council’s Housing team, adult social care, the local health partnership, The Salvation Army and Drink wise, Age Well.

Com.Unity Community Centre hosted a Pop in Police station with officers and Sheffield City Council staff available to offer advice.

PC Steph Dodd who helped organise the event said she was keen to arrange a day of action with a different focus: “Today hasn’t been about enforcement activity, it’s been about us, as a team engaging with local people and offering them an opportunity to talk to us about any concerns they have.

Sergeant Kay Fitzgerald explains why it was important to involve other agencies: “I wanted other services on board so we could show people that different agencies do work together and all have a shared aim of building relationships with the community in Westfield.

“Today I have had officers in cars and out on foot patrol, making sure we are visible and they have also been carrying out speed checks on vehicles and monitoring bus gates in the area.

“However, the team have also been taking part in litter-picks with children from Shortbrook Primary School who have been absolutely fantastic. I am a firm believer that building trust with children at such a young age is hugely important, they know our names and they know that we are there for them to speak to as they grow up.”

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