I was recently invited to Duffryn Fire Station to take part in numerous workshops as part of the development of the Newport Community Wellbeing Profile. It was great to see so many partners working together to reach the same goals, to create a Newport that we want to live, visit and work in now and in the future. The Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of Wales. It is to ensure that public bodies listed in the Act think more about the long-term, work better with people and communities and each other, look to prevent problems and take a more joined-up approach.
The Act sets out a "sustainable development principle" which is about how the public bodies listed in the Act should go about meeting their wellbeing duties under the Act.
The principle is made up of five ways of working that public bodies are required to take into account when applying sustainable development. These are:
Long-Term - Prevention - Integration- Collaboration - Involvement.
Since my last blog, the Neighbourhood Policing Team has continued to work to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime within our wards. There have been reductions in both areas and this is due to your cooperation to assist my officers to patrol in the right places at the right time. My team hold meetings regularly with your local councillors and community leaders who discuss your issues and concerns.
Your team recently conducted a search warrant in Lord Street where three persons were arrested and charged for supplying drugs. Due to the support from the local community your Crime and Disorder Reduction Officer attended court and successfully obtained a closure notice for the premises. This meant that those dealing drugs and causing anti-social behaviour within the area have been evicted. We will continue to work with our partners to identify problematic premises and locations and tackle this issue as a 'Your Voice' priority.
We have recently received complaints of the use of off -bikes across all wards. We are working with our partners and local councillors to address this issue and due to your cooperation have identified riders and their bikes have been seized. Riding upon pavements and within public fields and parks is extremely dangerous will not be tolerated.
Newport East Neighbourhood Team, Fire Crime Unit, police cadets, Ringland councillors and the local community attended Ringland Centre to launch the first "FIT LITTER PICK" . Whilst taking part in the litter pick we were all wearing the new pedometers to monitor our steps which promotes fitness and wellbeing. This all helps to work towards a healthier life style. This was a great initiative to support with my neighbourhood team and the cadets. The pedometer steppers were a good way to encourage the Ringland community to get moving and fitter while clearing up their open spaces. The turnout was well supported with all local councillors attending with local residents. A little healthy competition between us all for the most steps also helped, not that I am competitive but my partner was not very happy that I made them walk for so long to ensure we won.
Demi Davies the Fire Crime Practitioner who leads on this activity will be delivering this initiative to promote wellbeing throughout South Wales, working with blue light services and the local community.
I recently attended a conference held by Superintendent Williams with the theme of 'wellbeing' this was a great insight into maximising performance and improving health and wellbeing at work. During the conference I was proud to see many of your officers commended for their bravery and professionalism. Please keep sending me your thanks as it is a pleasure to open an email or letter of appreciation for the hard work my officers perform.
I would like to finish this blog by congratulating two of my staff for whom I am extremely proud. Firstly PC Emma Studley I was proud to accompany her to meet our Chief Constable Mr Williams for her to be recognised for her bravery and personal commitment and secondly CSO Rachel Smith who graduated from the University of Wales, Newport with a Distinction for Post Graduate Certificate of Education.