High Sheriff impressed as he visits Harlow

Politics / Fri 6th Nov 2015 at 02:24pm

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For more than 1,000 years High Sheriffs have been associated with law and order. Today they give their support to people who strive to make their communities safer places in which to live and work.

The day began with a reception at the Civic Centre, during which the High Sheriff met with the Chair of Harlow Council, Councillor Tony Hall, Leader of Harlow Council, Councillor Jon Clempner and Councillor Emma Toal, Portfolio Holder for Youth and Community. He also met with a representative from the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, as well as Harlow Council Officers from the Housing and Community Wellbeing services.

The tour’s first stop was to meet the Council’s Community Safety Team and the Local Neighbourhood Policing Team, and hear about the close working which takes place under the Safer Harlow Partnership. The High Sheriff received a presentation on community safety in Harlow which showcased the Council’s partnership and co-operative working with agencies such as the police to support people and help them feel safe.

The next stop was local homelessness organisation Streets2Homes in Wych Elm where staff, volunteers and service users spoke about the difference the service has made to people’s lives and how ex-service users have gone on to support the service by becoming volunteers. Streets2Homes saw 364 individuals from 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015 and prevented 158 individuals from becoming homeless during that period. The service supported 99 individuals in to the private rented sector; 25 individuals were housed through supported housing schemes, 16 individuals were referred to night shelters on a pathway to securing settled housing and two individuals were housed by Harlow Council where a priority need had been established.

The High Sheriff then visited Princess Alexandra Hospital in Hamstel Road, where he met with Daisy Project staff from the hospital’s maternity and A&E departments. They spoke to him about the aims and successes of the project in supporting victims of domestic abuse. He also heard about the range of support services available to victims of domestic abuse in Harlow and the work of the Harlow Domestic Abuse Forum.

Commenting on the visit, Cllr Clempner said: “The High Sheriff was very impressed with the partnership work and cooperation between various organisations to support Harlow’s residents, helping those in need and making the town a safer place to live for everyone. Partnership and co-operative working is vital especially when resources are being scaled back, as you can do more together to help people, than you can on your own.

“The work that Harlow Council does in partnership with agencies such as the police and local organisations like Streets2Homes plays an important role in making a positive difference to our town and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to highlight this to the High Sheriff first hand.”

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