Hi, I am Matthew Wright and I’m the Engagement Officer for Hull.
My role is varied with every day and week being different, however my main role includes:
- Local point of contact for public and partners requiring support from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. So if there is an issue about how community safety is being delivered locally I want to hear from you.
- Building effective networks of partners in achieving the outcomes of the Police and Crime Plan.
If you have an idea or opportunity to make Hull safer or support people who are vulnerable then get in touch as I may be able to support you in making it happen.
- Collating information to measure the effectiveness of partnership activity in Hull against the Police and Crime Plan. This does involve looking at data and performance, however if you have feedback or case studies on what is working or not working I am interested.
- Supporting community consultation and surveys to ensure the views of the public are gathered and acted upon. It is vital that the community have a voice in what is delivered locally in their neighbourhoods and what is commissioned in Hull to keep you safe and ultimately what it is like to live in the city so I will work with partners to ensure your voice is heard.
I am out and about at community events, visit community groups and local scheme and attend numerous partnership meetings and activities so please feel free to approach me for a chat. However if you want to get in touch call me on 07464 985369 or Matthew.email@example.com.
My Diary - January
Older Peoples Partnership Meeting
The Hull Community Safety Partnership Board Meeting
Hull Police Tasking
West Carr Ward Tasking Meeting
Hull Crime Reduction Fund Celebration Event
Hull University Good Campus Relations Meeting
Hull 2020 Champions Networking and Celebration Event
Foredyke & Northern Area Tasking
Plus meetings with community groups and key partners.
No More Knives (Need big event pictures from the other EOs)
A PC Chris Sewell and PCSO Rich Whelan from Hull Central Community Policing Team have seen first-hand the harm caused by people carrying and using knives, but were left shocked when the received a call from Hull Trinity Academy that a huge knife had been found in the boys toilets. It left them feeling cold and they wanted to ensure that the gang culture of London and other big cities didn’t come to Hull, so they set about developing an education package to tackle the issues in school.
They discovered that the locally available presentations on the subject was lacking gravitas, interest and were not hard hitting. However they teamed up with The Rich Pepper Foundation - a locally charity set up up by Kayleigh Pepper whose brother had been murdered in Hull – and Mo a local musician and Pastor with a past life as a gang members and victim of knife crime. Together they pulled together a presentation that incorporated the implications in law of carrying a knife, consequences of using a knife and the impact on a victims, whilst breaking it up with music – The No More Knives Campaign was born and soon linked up with the Hull Daily Mail and Viking FM.
The No More Knives Campaign generated a lot of traditional media, but its reach and impact with young people remained low until they received £20k Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner funding via the Hull Community Safety Partnership to pay for a No More Knives School Tour and celebration event. The panel commented “this is the type of activity we are proud to support and Hull should become known for nationally”.
Starting in September the team along with numerous local bands visited nearly every secondary school in Hull with the tough No More Knives message but in a uplifting way that left young people inspired and empowered to challenge carrying of knives. The campaign culminated in a big event at Hull Arena attracting hundreds of children in celebration and shared endeavour – No More Knives.
I was delighted in November to hear that the No More Knives campaign can now be rolled out across all Humberside after an Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner application to the Early Intervention Fund was successful. It is great thousands of young people will now have the chance to receive this great schools input as it undoubtedly helps keep you people safe and is something that Humberside can be proud of.
Living with Water
Hull is a flooding hotspot and at risk in the future, so it is therefore vital that residents are flood aware and resilient. I was approached by Jane Campbell from Yorkshire Water who’d seen me on twitter and wanted to involve me in an ambitious awareness event.
Basically she wanted to turn Hull centre into a marathon assault course with an accompanying event raising awareness in water safety and community resilience in general – fab idea! I spent a long time with Jane and supported her in identifying lots of partners to work with on the event including Humberside Police, the area Teams, Humberside Fire and Rescue, Neighbourhood Network, The Hull You Want, Love Your Street and many more.
The work started with mini resilience activity at Summer events in East Park & King George V Playing Fields in Hull, were Becky and I promoted how the public can create unbreakable communities or volunteer to improve their neighbourhoods as part in the Humbrella Trail. This gave myself the opportunity to promote the OPCC, crime prevention, encourage community empowerment projects and find out the issues most effecting the community.
In November I then supported the Living with Water Partnership in Hull Centre with their 10k Hull-timate Challenge event with the Humberside Police Community Safety Unit which allowed us to engage with even more people and the Humberside Police Cadet event took on the assault course!
The partnership working with the Jane and Living with Water was brilliant and Yorkshire Water even agreed to support a Crime Reduction Fund project – Rooted in Hull – fitting a water supply for free to the charity. True partnership working and 1000s of people support and empowered to be safer and more resilient.
You can make a difference – Be empowered
As residents the people of Hull can make a big difference in their community by getting involved in lots of intititves or schemes as an individual or part of a group.
There is lots going on but some of the activities and opportunties include:
- Become a citizens in policing this includes joining Humberside Police’s Special Constabulary, Community Safety Volunteer Scheme or for young people the Police Cadets. More details can be found on the Humberside Police Website https://www.humberside.police.uk/join-us
- Join or form a Neighbourhood Network group to help deter criminality and make your neighbourhood safer. More details can be found at https://www.nnetwork.org.uk/
- Turn time into a currency by signing up to the TimeBank and help others by using your skills and get other peoples skills in return. Fore more details visit: http://www.timebankhullandeastriding.co.uk/
- Help improve health across Hull as a 2020 Champion and access training and opportunities that will help you make a difference. For more details visit: https://www.hullccg.nhs.uk/hullchampions/
Follow me on Twitter @matt_8362 as I will share any new opportuntiy I am made aware of.
Hull Crime Reduction Fund
The Hull Crime Reduction Fund (CRF) launched in October 2017 and since that time has supported 19 local community groups, charities and organisations in delivering activities and services in Hull with over £200k allocated to projects (Up till 01/12/19)
The activities it has funded include:
- Diversionary activity for young people (outreach and centres).
- A housing scheme for people leaving prison in order to prevent re-offending
- Funding to make an event more accessible to the public by funding two BSL Signers.
- Community development events to stimulate the formation of community groups..
- The rollout of the #NoMoreKnives campaign across schools in Hull.
- Supporting ex-offenders via a gardening project.
- Crime prevention project for victims of crime or those more at risk of crime.
- A course to support victims of domestic abuse.
- Part funding for a new retail/business radio system in Hull city centre.
- A project to support diverse communities in reporting crime and anti-social behaviour.
- Emergency housing for complex victims of domestic abuse.
How to Apply:
The CRF is managed by the Hull Community Safety Partnership (CSP) after Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Keith Hunter allocated the CSP £113k per year for local projects that support the delivery of the CSP local priorities and the Police and Crime Plan Aims.
The Community Grant Panel meets once every three months and applications can only be considered at that meeting – they will not consider applications outside of this schedule. So if you want funding for a particular date, please make sure you apply in time.
Deadline for applications
For full details of the Crime Reduction Fund and how to apply CLICK HERE