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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
MY DIARY – JULY:
03/07/19 – Nesta Chatty Hull Campaign
04/07/19 – Defibrillator and Basic Health and Safety Training
04/07/19 – No More Knives Music Video Launch
08/07/19 – Crime Reduction Fund Panel
08/07/19 – 2020 Champions Networking Event
09/07/19 – Our People Our Places Engagement Group
11/07/19 - #thehullwewant Celebration Event
12/07/19 – Hull & E.Yorks People in Business Awards – The OPCC Engagement Team are nominated (fingers crossed).
15/07/19 – Talking Tables Steering Group
16/07/19 – Hull Community Safety Partnership Board Meeting
17/07/19 – Citizens Academy – Final Session
18/07/19 – Good Campus and Community Relations Group
25/07/19 – Community Dialogue Engagement Group
26/07/19 – Beach Day at King George V Playing Fields
30/07/19 – Delivering 2020 Champions Crime Prevention Training
31/07/19 – Princes Avenue Traders Association
In addition I have a number of meetings scheduled with Community Safety Partners and Voluntary Community Sector groups.
OUT AND ABOUT
Hull Fraud Forum
On Monday 3rd June I pulled together the inaugural Hull Fraud Forum featuring organisations from public, private and voluntary sectors.
The group has been established to reduce the number of fraud victims in Hull and has already identified big opportunities around crime prevention, early intervention, awareness raising, training for staff and increasing the support offered to victims.
It is in its early stages but there will no doubt be lots of activity to share over the next few months.
National Volunteer Week
As part of National Volunteer Week (1st June – 7th June) the Office of the Humber Police and Crime Commissioner celebrated the contribution of its volunteers at a thank you event on 1st June.
These volunteer roles include:
- Independent Custody Visitors
- Diversity Panel Members
- Joint Independent Audit Committee Members
- Appropriate Adults from Hull University Social Services Organisation
I was delighted to attend and meet these community heroes who make such a big contribution to the work of the OPCC. For more details of the Celebration Event visit: https://live-pcc-humberside.cloud.contensis.com/News/News-Archive/2019/Volunteers-Recognised-at-Event.aspx
I also attended a Hull CVS Volunteer Fayre event at Hull Trinity Market with Victims Support (a OPCC commissioned Service) to actively recruit new volunteers. It was a really good event with over 20 other likeminded organisations offering a wide range of volunteering opportunities.
If you are interested in Volunteering with the OPCC contact email@example.com or alternatively contact Hull CVS for a wide range of opportunities available in Hull firstname.lastname@example.org.
Londsdale Community Centre Luncheon Club
I said it last month but it is true - the best parts of my role is getting out and about across Hull meeting new people and talking about the role of the Police & Crime Commissioner, the wider Office and the work of the Hull Community Safety Partnership.
On Tuesday 11th June I was invited to speak with attendees at the their Luncheon club. I was made to feel very welcome and spent a couple of hours chatting about community safety, the role of OPCC and reminiscing about the community. Clearly the group is helping to create friendships and tackling isolation.
I would happily attend similar community groups across Hull for a similar input and would encourage groups to get in touch over e-mail Matthew.email@example.com or phone 07464 985369.
What3Word – Help Emergency Service find you
Humberside Police have joined forces with other emergency services and various communities across the UK to raise awareness of what3words - an app developed to help users be located in case of emergency – especially useful if people are involved in an emergency in an area they are not familiar with.
So what is it and how does it work?
The system is very easy to use and works by converting complex GPS coordinates into unique
three word addresses. It means anyone can talk about their current location with three simple
words as words are easier to remember and less prone to error when communicating than
This can be especially useful where street addresses don’t exist and provides a level of specificity
when they are not accurate enough. The what3words system is fixed and will never change. It provides a consistent location language across industries, countries and globally.
So why not download the what3words app today - you never know when it will come in useful.
For more information on theWhat3Words system you can check out the Humberside Police website.
Neighbourhood Network Awards
The Neighbourhood Network are holding their annual Awards in October. There are various categories and the charity are keen for people to nominate groups who have made a difference in the community.
For full details visit: https://www.nnetwork.org.uk/featured-posts/neighbourhood-network-awards-2019/
Emmaus Homeless Persons App
Emmaus Hull and East Riding have developed an ‘App’ for smartphones which gives the public the ability to support homeless people and the great work by the charity.The app has 2 main functions, to support the Street Outreach Team, and to help with the logistics of Emmaus’ social enterprise activities.
The Locate Rough Sleeper section of the app contains a simple form, with the ability to pin your current GPS, designed to be quick and easy to use whilst ensuring Emmaus receive all of the information they need to dispatch a team member to offer support to a rough sleeper in Hull or the East Riding.
The Donate Items section of the app will allow members of the public to request a collection of items they want to donate to Emmaus Hull & East Riding’s warehouse and shops. In this section of the smartphone app people donating items can even add photos of the goods they’re donating. This will allow the logistics team to accurately assess the time needed to process collections, maybe even avoiding wasted trips to look at items that the team cannot accept into the warehouse.
Both sections of the app send information into Emmaus, and then a member of the Emmaus team will contact them.
The app is currently available for the Android operating system through Google’s PlayStore – search for Emmaus Hull.
Hull Playing Out Day – 21 July
On Sunday 21 July, Hull City Council are hosting the Hull Big Play Out day and they’d love your street to join them and play out on that date!
They’d like to see lots of streets joining in so if you’d like to play out too then just let Emma Kelly (01482 616380 - Emma.firstname.lastname@example.org) know and she can send a pack in the post to you and help to make it happen!
For more information on Playing Out visit: http://www.hull.gov.uk/communities-and-living/neighbourhood-teams/playing-out-hull
#thehullwewant Celebration Event
#thehullwewant are holding an event on Thursday 11th July to hear about the dreams for Hull and the themes the project have identified. They want to celebrate how many initiatives are already contributing to #thehullwewant.
They are keen for the public to come along and find out more at Rooted-in-Hull from 6pm -8pm
There will be lovely food from Timebank kitchen and music - courtesy of the Beats Bus and many other interesting insights into the great things of Hull.
Stay informed about Policing in Hull
Humberside Police have received the results from a national police social media survey – which involved local social media users - and the results identified that the public across the force area wanted to see a clearer approach by the police on Twitter.
They have taken this on-board and there is now one team account for all pillars of policing (Community, Response and investigation) in Hull rather than several separate accounts.
The Twitter account you should now follow is @HumberbeatHull
The force have also enhanced the Community Policing Ward Pages with more up to date information on local community Safety Priorities, meetings and news. Click here and click on your ward area to find the details of your local policing team or put your postcode into the search function.
Finally, you can also stay abreast of policing in your area by signing up to My Community Alert. It is a free messaging system operated by Humberside Police and Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, giving you live information about incidents happening in your area. Choose how you receive messages, by either phone or email, how often you want to hear from police and fire and about the issues that matter to you. Once signed up your local officer will send you the details you are interested in, whether that’s notice of a road closure due to a collision or a burglar who has been caught in a nearby garden. To subscribe to My Community Alert visit: https://www.mycommunityalert.co.uk/.
As residents the people of Hull can make a big difference in their community by getting involved in lots of initiatives or schemes as an individual or part of a group.
There is lots going on but some of the activities and opportunities include:
- 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/
- 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/
- 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
Follow me on Twitter @matt_8362 as I will share any new opportunity I am made aware of.