If you had been in Launceston town centre on Wednesday morning, you’d have come across a handful of gazebos and a police car and police quad bike, both with flashing lights.  You’d have taken a step closer, wondering what was happening at the foot of the memorial, and you’d have stopped for a chat with the numerous representatives of organisations attending the East Cornwall Community Safety pop-up event.

Representing Cornwall Safer Futures we had Mel Brammer, a Children and Young Person’s Project Worker from Barnardo’s, and Suzanne Derbyshire, a DASA from First Light.  We were able to hand out information about the services that we offer, and answer questions from the public.  The police had a good presence with both paid police officers and volunteer Police Community Support Officer (PCSOs) engaging with the public and listening to their concerns, as well as handing out stickers and showing children the police car!  Members of the Parking enforcement team were also engaging with the public and answering questions about their role. Other organisations included representatives from a group in Launceston looking to make the entrance to the town and castle more appealing, Action for Children, ManDown, Cornwall Council’s parenting courses, Safer Cornwall and the Argyll Community Trust.  The Mayor of Launceston was also present, chatting to passers-by and engaging with the organisations.

Being half-term, family footfall in the town was pretty high, and we got quite a bit of interest from people in the town, with local people coming to ask questions, take leaflets or be signposted to other relevant services.  This is the first event of this type in Launceston, and the organisers are hoping to make it a regular occurence with a bit more publicity, so local people will get to know about it and come down to find out more about the services available to help them.  One of the other major benefits for us was the opportunity to network with other organisations – learning from one another about what is on offer and how to refer to one another.